Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment

Curated by Emily Putnam

15 September 2019 – 26 January 2020

Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment features the work of three artists of Japanese Canadian ancestry: Norman Takeuchi (Ottawa), Emma Nishimura (Toronto) and Cindy Mochizuki (Vancouver). Their works collectively propose artmaking as a means of addressing the Canadian government’s internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. Drawing on documentary records, Takeuchi, Nishimura and Mochizuki negotiate the complexity of reflecting on this traumatic history while articulating a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting.

Inheriting Redress: The Ottawa Japanese Community Association Archive

Curated by Emily Putnam and Rebecca Dolgoy in partnership with the Ottawa Japanese Community Association

15 September 2019 – 26 January 2020

On September 22, 1988, the Government of Canada formally acknowledged and paid symbolic individual redress payments for the dispossession and internment of thousands of Japanese Canadians during World War II. Inheriting Redress brings together archival documents, memorabilia, photographs and other objects held by the Ottawa Japanese Community Association and individual community members who were active in the redress campaign in the 1980s. These objects illuminate a period of community activism and invite reflection on its legacy.

Emily, Rebecca and CUAG thank Sachiko Okuda, Matt Miwa, Melisa Kamibayashi-Staples, Alex Okuda-Rayfuse, and Gabriele Nishiguchi for their invaluable work on this project.

Rah: SuperNova

Curated by Heather Anderson

15 September – 08 December 2019

The video installation SuperNova presents a parody of a futuristic talent show. The artist performs the role of seven characters, including Oreo, Fatimeh, and Coco, whose entries in the talent show examine issues of race and ethnic performance. Set in an intergalactic realm, SuperNova also explores “ethno-futurism” and challenges euro-centric cultural gaze that represents eastern subjects as stagnant and frozen in time.

Olivia Johnston: Saints and Madonnas

Curated by Heather Anderson

15 September – 08 December 2019

In this new series of photographic portraits, Olivia Johnston invited peers to pose as saints and Madonnas, as well as other Biblical figures. As an artist with a secular upbringing, Johnston has been investigating the influence of Christianity within the visual language of Western art and wider culture. Exploring the collection as CUAG’s fifth artist in Collection Invitational series, the Ottawa-based artist has selected artworks that depict or reference Madonnas, as well as works that contain symbols or narratives associated with saints that will be brought into conversation with her own works.