6 x 9 inch unique bookwork
This bookwork developed out of a commissioned souvenir project for The New Museum in NYC. The colour photos document my purchase of 5,000 hairpins from a seller in Hong Kong in 1993. One vintage photo in black & white which I found in Hong Kong during my trip is included in the bookwork as it is an image of the same location where the haberdashery stall was located in 1993. A photo of the antique hairpin, originally from Persia, and which inspired this artwork was considered currency during the Silk Route period between China and traders from Iran. For coin collectors, the hairpin was under the category of the “odd & curious.” The actual project created for the New Museum involved the free distribution of the altered and packaged hairpin souvenir in exchange for a personal item from the viewer. This project was also presented in Barcelona.
Jamelie Hassan, born in London, Ontario, of Arabic background, is a visual artist who is also active as a lecturer, writer, and independent curator. She has organized both national and international programs including Orientalism and Ephemera, a national touring exhibition, originally presented at Art Metropole, Toronto and most recently Dar’a/Full Circle for Artcite Inc. Windsor, ON. She was one of the founders of two artist-run centres in London, Ontario: The Forest City Gallery (1973-present) and the Embassy Cultural House (1983-1990). Her work is represented in numerous public collections in Canada and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC and the Library of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt. Other recent projects and group exhibitions where her works have been featured include: Here: Contemporary Canadian Art, curated by Swapnaa Tamhane, Aga Khan Museum (2017); Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971 -1989, curated by Wanda Nanibush, Art Gallery of Ontario (2016 – 2017); In Order to Join: the Political in a Historical Moment, organized by Museum Abteilberg in Monchengladbach, Germany (2013-14) and Mumbai, India (2015). She is also the recipient of numerous awards. In 2001, she received the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and in 2018 an honorary doctorate from OCAD University, Toronto.
JAMELIE HASSAN, Seek Knowledge, 1993/2009
All artwork can be picked-up at Gallery TPW from December 16 - 18, 2020. For shipping and delivery options please contact the gallery directly.