Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words

January 14 - March 17, 2013

This is the first career survey of the internationally renowned artist Jamelie Hassan.

The work of Hassan, who is based in London, Ontario, reflects the tension between here and there, drawing upon her travels and research in Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, the homeland of her parents, to intertwine personal narratives with her responses to critical issues of our time.

The signature works in this show were produced from 1978 to 2010 in a wide array of media, including ceramics, watercolors, photographs, videos and installation. They speak to Hassan’s commitment to exploring cultural traditions and issues of representation, human rights and justice.

The exhibition’s title comes from the poem “I Am from There” by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. It evokes a man’s journey through life and questions (like Hassan) the meaning of “home,” while reflecting Hassan’s recurring use of language in her work.

Jamelie Hassan works as an artist, writer, curator and lecturer. Her artwork is represented in major public collections across Canada. She has received numerous awards for her work including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2001).

A comprehensive catalogue co-published by Museum London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is available for $20.

Curated by

Melanie Townsend

Artists in the exhibition

Jamelie Hassan


Organized and circulated by Museum London