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Holding Memories: In Conversation with Norman Takeuchi and Emma Nishimura

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Sites of Memory brings together artists whose works address the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. Norman Takeuchi and Emma Nishimura use documentary records in their work. Takeuchi’s series of kimono and drawings evoke the lost possessions that hold memory and Nishimura’s sculptural installation revisits the practice of furoshiki, integrating family photographs and individual stories while offering an understanding of community as the site of collective memory.

Join Norman and Emma for a conversation moderated by local community organizer Melisa Kamibayashi-Staples. They will reflect on personal histories of internment and the ways they are constructed through official narratives, and how their works articulate a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space with barrier-free washrooms.

Discount parking passes ($5.00 flat rate) will be available for purchase at the tunnel entrance from 6:45 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Please see the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions.

Norman Takeuchi is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Art. Early in his career, he worked both as an exhibition designer (Expo 67, Expo 70, Canadian Museum of Nature) and an artist. He became a full-time artist in 1996 and has since participated in many solo and group exhibitions. Takeuchi’s work is represented in numerous collections including Carleton University Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa Art Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum and Canadian War Museum and in private collections in Canada and abroad. He lives in Ottawa.
 
Emma Nishimura’s work ranges from traditional etchings, archival pigment prints, drawings and audio pieces to art installations. She received an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013) and a BA from the University of Guelph (2005). Her work is in public and private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally including, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON; the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA; and the Taimiao Art Gallery, Beijing, China. Emma is Chair of Photography, Printmaking and Publications at OCAD University in Toronto, and the recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2018.
   
Melisa Kamibayashi-Staples is a Community Producer and a reporter for the television program Contact Japan. She is currently the President of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association.



Eternal Representations: In Conversation with Olivia Johnston and Janet Tulloch

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 7:00 p.m.

In her new series of photographic portraits, Ottawa-based artist Olivia Johnston invited peers to pose as Christian saints and Madonnas, as well as other Biblical figures. Join her for a conversation with religious scholar and artist Janet Tulloch, discussing the influence of Christianity within the visual language of Western art and wider culture, in particular towards representations of gender.
 
Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space with barrier-free washrooms.
   
Olivia Johnston is an artist based in Ottawa, Canada. She is the Photographic History Instructor at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. She was the winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award in 2019, and was shortlisted for the inaugural New Generation Photography Award in 2018. Her work has been displayed nationally, including in the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, the Ottawa Art Gallery; and as a part of the City of Ottawa’s collection. She has also shown her work internationally in New York, NY, Portland, OR, Saint-Louis, Senegal and London, England. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and books, and is held in national and international private and public collections. She holds a BA in Art History from Carleton University.
   
Janet Tulloch is an interdisciplinary scholar and fibre artist. From 2001, her academic teaching has included courses in ancient western religions and visual and material culture. Her academic publications have focused on the cultural history of women and religion in the Roman world.  In October 2020, Dr. Tulloch will be artist-in-residence at The Booth in Scalloway, the ancient capital of Shetland. As Adjunct Research Professor in Carleton University’s College of Humanities her project is to investigate the 21st century phenomenon of religious references/practices in contemporary Canadian art and public art galleries.
Discount parking passes ($5.00 flat rate) will be available for purchase at the tunnel entrance from 6:45 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Please see the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions.



On Stage: In Conversation with Rah and Andrea Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Rah Eleh’s video installation SuperNova presents a parody of a futuristic talent show. The artist performs the role of seven characters, including Oreo, Fatimeh and Coco, whose entries in the talent show examine issues of race and ethnic performance.

Join Rah for a conversation with art historian Andrea Fitzpatrick, where they will unpack how race is performed and how Rah uses “ethno-futurism” to challenge a euro-centric cultural gaze that represents eastern subjects as stagnant and frozen in time.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space with barrier-free washrooms.

Discount parking passes ($5.00 flat rate) will be available for purchase at the tunnel entrance from 6:45 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. Please see the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions.

Rah Eleh is an Iranian-Canadian video, net and performance artist. Rah’s work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at spaces including: Images Festival (Toronto), Museum London, Williams College Museum of Art (Williamstown, Massachusetts), Miami Art Basel, Nieuwe Vide (Haarlem, Netherlands), Pao Festival (Oslo, Norway), Kunst Am Spreeknie (Berlin, Germany), Kunsthaus Graz Museum (Graz, Austria), and Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece). Rah is represented by Vtape.

Andrea Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor, History and Theory of Art, in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include contemporary Iranian visual art and photography, identity and gender in art and visual culture, the politics and ethics of representation, and media images during times of war and conflict, in particular involving the Middle East. She has curated two exhibitions of Iranian lens-based art at the Canadian artist-run centres Galerie SAW Gallery (Ciphers: Tension with Tradition) and Toronto’s Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Gender and Exposure).