Critical Writing Index

Inscriptions of Truth to Size

by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Inscription: Jamelie Hassan, 1990, pp. 9-34

Regina: Dunlop Art Gallery, 1990

This text by post-colonial theorist Gayatri Spivak was written as a catalogue essay for an exhibition of four installations by multidisciplinary artist Jamelie Hassan at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library. The exhibition takes the 1989 fatwā issued on Salman Rushdie as a point of departure and inserts him in midst of other writers censored in the Arab world. Through an analysis of the video installation Meeting Nasser (1985) - in which Hassan's niece reads a text by Naguib Mahfouz, censored by Nasser, in front of a photo of Nasser himself receiving flowers from a young girl - Spivak discusses the way in which Hassan’s work interweave different fragments of texts as an act of rememoration that attempts to re-inscribe, restitute, or restore truth(s) to history.

ITEM 1990.104 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Meeting NasserJamelie Hassan

InscriptionJamelie Hassan

The Trilogy: Shame, Midnight's Children, The Satanic VersesJamelie Hassan

Mom, Youre Gonna Blow ItJamelie Hassan