Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words

Curated by Melanie Townsend; Organized and circulated by Museum London

14 January – 17 March 2013

This travelling exhibition is the first career survey of the award-winning artist Jamelie Hassan. The London, Ontario-based artist’s work reflects the tension between here and there, drawing upon her travels and research in Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, the homeland of her parents, to intertwine personal narratives with her responses to critical issues of our time. The signature works in this show, produced from 1978 to 2010 in a wide array of media, including ceramics, watercolors, photographs, videos, and installation, speak to Hassan’s commitment to exploring cultural traditions and issues of representation, human rights, and justice.

The exhibition’s title, At the Far Edge of Words, comes from the poem “I Am from There” by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. It evokes a man’s journey through life and questions (like Hassan) the meaning of “home,” while reflecting Hassan’s recurring use of language in her work.

Jamelie Hassan works as an artist, writer, curator, and lecturer. Her artwork is represented in major collections in Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Glenbow Museum, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Museum London, among many others. Hassan has received numerous awards for her work including the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2001.

A comprehensive catalogue co-published by Museum London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is available for $20.

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