Local Gallery Hosts Talk about Art and Race

Ottawa-based contemporary art gallery Studio Sixty Six hosted a dialogue on women of colour in the arts titled Hyper/in/visibility on Oct. 5. The art show highlighted the works of two Canadian artists, Kosisochukwu Nnebe and Pansee Atta, and the lived experiences behind Nnebe’s work. Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist whose work aims to combine critical theory and visual arts practice and explores the world of art as an interactive and destructive force. Atta, on the other hand, is an emerging Egyptian-Canadian artist who typically practices collaborative and community-based art. Her work explores themes of colonization, feminism, and Muslim representation, including the role of Canadian cultural institutions in legacies of dehumanization. One of Nnebe’s topics of discussion was how her […]

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Review: Tero Saarinen’s Morphed

Morphed was presented at the National Arts Centre (NAC)on the 4th and 5th of October. The 60-minute contemporary dance performance attempts to answer the question: “What makes a man, a man?” and showcases Tero Saarinen, Finnish dance prodigy’s insights on it. The piece was very subtle and open with no lyrical music or speech used whatsoever, other than the dancing of the seven male dancers on stage. It evoked a sense of inquiry with no answer, and allowed the audience to explore their own ideas and notions of maleness, masculinity, and manhood. The dancers themselves, who were all male-presenting and mostly white, were of lean and strong stature, yet effortlessly exuded gracefulness through their expressive dance. The piece was made up […]

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Film discusses coming out in Muslim communities

On Sept. 30, the second show of the night at the One World Film Festival was ABU. It was presented by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), and Arshad Khan, a queer Muslim filmmaker from Pakistan. The 80-minute film follows the struggles of a gay man coming out in his community, and its impact on his relationship with his devout Muslim father, Abu. It explores themes of family, culture, religion, sexuality, colonialism, and migration. Jeremy Dias, director and founder of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, gave the introductory speech before the film was played. He spoke about the centre’s advocacy work around LGBTQ+ issues in Ottawa. “This film is near and dear to my heart […]

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Porn problems: Is porn making us less intimate?

In today’s digital culture, satisfying one’s pornography craving is as simple as completing a quick Google search or visiting popular streaming sites such as Pornhub. Pornhub, which has become one of the most recognized and successful porn websites in the world, keeps its own metrics on traffic to its website. In 2016 alone, the site had 23 billion visitors, which accounted for 64 million per day. People are consuming porn at a rapid rate. In fact, according to Pornhub, Canada falls fourth on its list of the top 10 countries when it comes to per capita page-views. Free and easy access Through the internet, pornography has become easily accessible, with much of it being available instantly for free. While many […]

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Student activism in the Trump era

Donald Trump took his seat as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Less than two months later, global citizens have been banding together and protesting in response to his leadership. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and around the world, and the demonstrations across the globe against Trump’s travel ban, are just a few examples of solidarity. And students are no stranger to this type of activism. Students have a long history of social activism, and the number of student activists is on the rise. According to the American Freshman National Survey from 2014 to 2015, there was a 2.9 per cent increase in those who said there was a “very good chance” of them participating […]

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