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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Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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CUAG hosts Spring Art Showcase

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) hosted its Annual Spring Art Showcase and Art Party on March 30. The event was organized in partnership with the Carleton Art History Undergraduate Society and the Campus Activity Board. The showcase included art-making activities with special guest artist Ojo Agi. Agi led a workshop with portraits of Black feminine figures, chalk and charcoal. “I’m here running the arts table, so people can come and chill out here before the show starts. We’re doing colouring pages of Beyoncé, Lupita, and Solange,” Agi said. CUAG also hosted The Other NFB: The National Film Board’s Still Photography Division, which displayed photos of Canadian culture from the 40s through 50s. Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli created Outside […]

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CUAG showcases Iranian gender and sexuality

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) opened its doors to its latest themed exhibitions, called Open Space Labs. According to CUAG’s website, the Open Space Labs involve pushing the conventional barriers of art exhibitions by producing and reproducing art in different forms, allowing for a flow of creative artistry. The first exhibition, Grounding I: States of Gender by artist Gita Hashemi, is a durational performance that began on Jan. 31 and will run until Feb. 11. Hashemi’s exhibition portrays the life story of an Iranian woman, Zahra, and her struggles experiencing womanhood and imprisonment in a gendered and sexualized body. CUAG held artist talks with Hashemi and Anna Khimasia, the curator of the exhibition, on Feb. 7. They discussed Hashemi’s […]

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