Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) will host a party to celebrate the opening of its four new fall exhibitions. CUAG’s new exhibitions are: Rah: SuperNova; Olivia Johnston: Saints and Madonnas; Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment; and Inheriting Redress: The Japanese Community Association Archive.
At 3:00 PM, opening remarks will be offered by Carleton President Benoit-Antoine Bacon and His Excellency Kimihiro Ishikane, ambassador of Japan to Canada. An exciting collaborative performance by Bear Nation Drummers and Oto-Wa Taiko will follow.
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Rah: SuperNova (Sept. 15 to Dec. 8, curated by Heather Anderson)
SuperNova is a video installation that presents a futuristic talent show in an intergalactic realm. The artist appears in the guise of seven different characters, including Oreo, Fatimeh and Coco, whose talent show entries playfully explore issues of race and ethnic performance.
Olivia Johnston: Saints and Madonnas (Sept. 15 to Dec. 8, curated by Heather Anderson)
The Ottawa artist and recent winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award continues her investigation of Christianity’s influence on art and society with a new series of photographic portraits of her contemporaries, posed and dressed as biblical figures.
Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment (Sept.15, 2019 to Jan. 26, 2020, curated by Emily Putnam)
The histories, legacies and impact of the Canadian government’s internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War are powerfully considered in video, installation and works on paper by three contemporary artists of Japanese-Canadian ancestry—Cindy Mochizuki (Vancouver), Emma Nishimura (Toronto) and senior Ottawa artist Norman Takeuchi.
Inheriting Redress: The Ottawa Japanese Community Association Archive (Sept. 15, 2019 to Jan. 26 2020, curated by Emily Putnam and Rebecca Dolgoy)
In April 1988, Japanese Canadians marched on Parliament Hill to pressure the Government of Canada to formally acknowledge and offer compensation for their dispossession and internment during the Second World War. This exhibition surveys the redress campaign’s visual culture and illuminates its history, telling stories through objects loaned by the Ottawa Japanese Community Association and activists involved in the landmark effort.
Sites of Memory and Inheriting Redress are organized with the support of Ottawa Japanese Community Association, the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre and the Embassy of Japan in Canada.