This summer, the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at UBC is hosting an exhibition of work by the renowned Canadian artist Jamelie Hassan. We are pleased to announce that the artist has chosen to show one work from this exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology. Vitrine 448, created in 1988, is a ‘book work’ comprising black-fabric file box presenting images and words documenting Hassan’s travels to Paris and her encounter with a vitrine at the Musée de l’Homme, housing Brazilian materials collected by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. In her attempts to photograph the collection in the vitrine, Hassan inadvertently created double-exposures with photos she had taken of her nieces and domestic scenes at home in London, Ontario. All images are presented in the manner of museum catalogue cards, yet reflect on the multiple functions and meanings of the photograph: anthropological documentary mingled with travel documentation and with family snapshots (the view of the world from home), layered into single images.By placing this piece at MOA, the artist hopes to create a dialogue between her work and the site of an anthropological museum. MOA’s Multiversity Galleries and the current exhibition Border Zones: New Across Culturesprovide a context for thinking about personal histories, place and identity, and how other cultures are known and understood. Vitrine 448 is shown within MOA’s Multiversity Galleries, near the Kwakwaka’wakw platform.
Since the 1970s, Jamelie Hassan’s work has been influenced by cultural politics, social activism, and her background as a Canadian born to Arab parents. Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words is the first survey of the work of this award-winning artist. The exhibition includes over two dozen paintings, drawings, photographs, multi-media installations, as well as the billboard ‘Because . . . there was and there wasn’t a city of Baghdad.’
Throughout her career, Hassan has maintained that artists have a responsibility to address the important issues of their time. The works in this show, produced from 1971 to 2009, indicate her abiding interest in cultural history and the issues of exclusion, human rights, and justice.
Jamelie Hassan has travelled extensively throughout North America, Mexico, Cuba, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She works as an artist, writer, curator, and lecturer. Her work is represented in major collections across Canada including the National Gallery of
Canada (Ottawa), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Hassan has received numerous awards for her work including the Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts in 2001.This exhibit Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words is curated by Melanie Townsend and Scott Watson and co-organized by Museum London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia. The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue that includes essays by Cliff Eyland, Mireya Folch-Serra, Monika Kin Gagnon, Andy Patton, Scott Toguri McFarlane, and Dot Tuer. The project was made possible with support from the City of London, the Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council for the Arts.