Critical Writing Index

Jamelie Hassan

by Sarah Mameni

Canadian Art, Spring 2011, v. 28, no. 1, p. 130

This article provides an overview of Jamelie Hassen's 2011 show at Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver. Born in London, Ontario to Arab parents, Hassan's work is strongly concerned with cultural identity, interweaving personal narratives within larger societal issues. Hassan's work integrates personal archival documents with found footage, evident in Meeting Nasser from 1985. The piece showcases a little girl standing in front of an image of the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, seemingly engrossed in a critical text surrounding the state under his rule, at the time of the Six-Day War. The work makes evident personal realities within larger affairs. This carries on through another work featured, titled Oblivion Seekers (1985.) By juxtaposing home films of the first Islamic Convention in Canada, with corresponding news clips, Hassan "..tells twin stories that bend and converge."(Mameni, 130)

ITEM 2011.016 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Meeting NasserJamelie Hassan

The Oblivion SeekersJamelie Hassan

Common KnowledgeJamelie Hassan