Artist Jamelie Hassan to speak at UBC Okanagan March 18

World-renowned Canadian visual artist and activist Jamelie Hassan will give a free public lecture at UBC Okanagan on Wednesday, March 18.

The presentation, at 6 p.m. in the Student Services Centre’s lecture theatre SSC026 at UBC Okanagan, is part of the Department of Creative Studies' Visiting Artist Speaker Series, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. It takes place during a week of events at UBC Okanagan recognizing International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Hassan is strongly influenced by her activist politics, cultural heritage as a Canadian born to Arab parents, as well as her significant and extensive travels abroad. Her interdisciplinary works incorporate ceramics, painting, video, photography, text and other media. Hassan's practice often confronts issues of colonialism, patriarchy, militarism, censorship, sexuality and cultural identity.

In 2001, Hassan received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and a Chalmers Art Fellowship in 2006 for her work on archives, libraries, language and text-based artworks. She was recently awarded in 2007 the Canada Council for the Arts Long-term Grant in Visual Arts. A survey exhibition of her work opens March 7 at Museum London.

Since the 1970s Hassan has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally including the Presentation House, Vancouver; Art Metropole, Toronto; Ottawa Art Gallery; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; and Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Her works are in several collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC, The National Museum of Arab American Art in Michigan, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.

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