Q+A: Photographer Finbarr O’Reilly

Finbarr O’Reilly is an award-winning photographer who has spent over a decade working in war-torn regions of the world. On Sept. 20, Carleton University hosted a book launch for his memoir Shooting Ghosts, and The Charlatan chatted with him to learn about the book, his career, and his approach to photography. The Charlatan (TC): What do you see your role as when you’re a combat photographer in these unstable parts of the world? Finbarr O’Reilly (FO): Well my role is the role of any photographer or journalist, to document what’s going on around you and to try to put in in some kind of context. But as a photographer you have to really be empathetic to the people and the […]

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Review: The National’s Sleep Well Beast

There seems to be an urge among musicians to make each new record its own statement. Your record will only be considered great if it’s a complete left turn in your sound. There needs to be elements of risk, of change, of evolution. You can’t look back, the future is calling, and who are you if you don’t answer it? This is why it feels almost refreshing to see a group like The National continuously resist this urge. Now on their seventh record, Sleep Well Beast, each release up until now has felt like a slow and steady refinement of what they do best: the deceptively cutting lyricism of singer Matt Berninger, the engrossing arrangements of guitarists Aaron and Bryce […]

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CUAG’s Open Space Lab allows for performance-based art

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) hosted a performance by Hong Kong Exile and fu-GEN Theatre, along with Theatre Conspiracy. The performance art piece, titled “No Foreigners,” explores Chinese shopping malls as “racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash,” according to the CUAG website. The performance is the second one to use the gallery’s “Open Space Lab” format, which allows artists to use the gallery space as part of their work. The open nature of the lab allows artists to interact with others and discuss ideas related to their art with the public and other artists. “We came up with the idea of using the space of the gallery between exhibitions as a research development space,” said Anna Khimasia, who […]

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Prism brings Kosmic back to its roots

On one side of the room, Kosmic attendees viewed art installations from architecture and industrial design students. On the other side, a sea of partygoers filled the dancefloor shouting the words to “Stacy’s Mom” and “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.” Students from the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism hosted their annual Kosmic party on March 25 in a packed house at Barrymore’s music hall. Here, attendees were free to dance the night away under flashing lights and around 13 pieces of student artwork. The event has been going on annually since the 1970s, and this year’s theme was prisms. Past themes include gravity and eclipses. “We construct this big event that features student work and it’s also a […]

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Versefest event brings poetry to Carleton

Versefest, an annual Ottawa poetry festival, held a reading March 22 at Carleton University. Featuring poets Kayla Czaga and Paisley Rekdal, the reading was organized by the festival in collaboration with Carleton’s Department of English. Czaga, a British Columbia native, has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her book For Your Safety Please Hold On. She read works from that book as well as from a manuscript currently in the works. Her poetry featured plenty of B.C. imagery, as well as tributes to her father and elementary school math exercises. Rekdal’s poetry covered topics including the loss of her grandmother, as well as the early Hollywood star Mae West. She read a series of sonnets about West, complete […]

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