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2011-2012 Location / Dislocation

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto present:

Hassan 520 Pall Mall   Location/Dislocation

   September 15th, 2011 to June 15th, 2012

   Curated by Denise Ryner in collaboration with Barbara Fischer

   Opening Reception: Thursday September 15th, 2011,  4 – 6 pm

   Location: The Jackman Humanities Institute, 170 St. George Street, 10th Floor

   Public Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm


   Image courtesy of Thielsen Gallery

   Photo Credit : Jan Row


Jamelie Hassan
520 Pall Mall, fragment, 2001/2011
Black and white prints and ceramic tile

This year-long exhibition of works by five renowned artists from Toronto, Montreal, London, ON and New York examines spatial, environmental and architectural manifestations of cultural dislocation. Artists Brendan Fernandes, Jamelie Hassan, Oliver Husain, Will Kwan and Karen Tam each consider the implications of a variety of uprooting as well as establishing forces ranging from post-colonial diasporas, multiculturalism, cultural re-articulation, economic exploitation to urban gentrification. Their photo- and installation-based works share an interest in the effects of globalization and the manifestation of hybridity and displacement in primarily urban contexts.

Location/Dislocation is the theme around which the Jackman Humanities Institute will organize its multi-disciplinary 2011/2012 events and fellowships. This exhibition marks the first time that contemporary artists have been invited to respond to the Institute's annual academic theme and its architectural setting.

Jackman Humanities Institute 2011–2012 Theme:  Location/Dislocation
The experience of dislocation prompts insight into how people and ideas inhabit space, and what happens as they move. Many experiences of uprooting and exile are unwelcome; arrivals in new locations often generate violence and intolerance. The arts and books, languages and stories of the old country often remain vital for immigrants, creating diasporic cultures of memory and need; at times the hybridity created in a new place is not a simple amalgam or a peaceful overwriting. Cities are the common site of exile and new creations, and in their architecture and overlapping communities of trade, worship, and education, cities provide an archival record of the disruptive encounters that result from dislocation. The task of humanities research is to engage these complex practices of memory, importation, colonization, and assimilation.

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