11 June – 31 July 2016
Disoriented: Works from the Permanent Collection
Opening: 10 June 2016 at 8pm
Artist Talk with Jamelie Hassan: Friday, 10 June, 8 pm
followed by dry Opening Reception
with Iftar refreshments at 9 pm
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery marks the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring with a special exhibition of works from the the Permanent Collection, including recent acquisitions and one work borrowed from the collection of the Dalhousie Art Gallery. In his ground-breaking critical examination of Orientalism, Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said deconstructed the romanticising, exoticising, colonial discourse that has shaped Western perceptions of the diverse societies of the Middle East and Asia. Disoriented presents works that implicitly challenge Orientalism—by articulating more complex, problematic or unresolved accounts of, or giving voice to, the contemporary experience of artists of Asian descent.
The exhibition highlights works by three Lebanese-Canadian artists, two of which were just acquired this year.