Brock University's Department of Visual Arts presents the Walker Cultural Leader Series, which continues in 2021. The WCL series begins with an engaging talk from artists Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner on Monday, Jan. 18. The series continues in a virtual format for the 2021 season. Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 7 p.m. View the presentation premiere and join in the chat on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts YouTube channel.
In her installation entitled Poppy Cover for Holy Roller Tank, Jamelie Hassan asks us to reflect on the role of the poppy in our military history. This installation work from 2010 was originally created to cover the tank, an artifact from World War II installed in the city's central park. Camouflage netting has 4000 red silk poppies threaded through the netting. The installation pays respect to the symbol of the poppies we wear on Remembrance Day in memory of those who died in war. The poppy also has particular significancee for those Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan where fields of poppies are cultivated - some for medicinally purposes but also, the majority of the poppy crops are for the international opium trade controlled by criminal elements.
This work was commissioned by London Ontario Live Arts (LOLA) curated by Paul Walde and was installed on the Holy Roller tank at the time of the exhibition for three days. The artwork is in the collection of the artist and has been presented in many different galleries across Canada but the only time it was exhibited on a tank was on the Holy Roller tank monument in Victoria Park, London, Ontario.
This artwork is presently stored in the artist's studio awaiting the next opportunity to be presented to the public. Any reasonable proposal for future presentations of this significant artwork will be considered by the artist.
In honour of London, Ontario's 2020 Wordsfest, artist Jamelie Hassan is collaborating with Brown & Dickson Bookstore on Richmond St. and has installed in one of their windows her blow-up photo: “Cairo Bookseller”, 1990.
If you look closely you will discover copies of a book in the towering pile of books for sale - which caused great controversy around the globe. Can you read the name of the author and the title of the book?
On Thursday, September 24, 2020, Jamelie Hassan will be one of 15 leading artists and speakers discussing the future of art in a changing world during a digital benefit for the Aga Khan Museum. The incredible lineup represents a wide array and luminaries from the worlds of art, film, literature, music and science. Emceed by renowned comedian, actor and radio show host Ali Hassan with talks moderated by author and award winning Canadian broadcast personality Ziya Tong. Click here to view the artists and speakers
Jamelie Hassan to participate in Toronto Palestinian Film Festival Panel on Cultural Suppression & Revival
The watercolour Harold in the Sunnyside Room, 1978 by Jamelie Hassan is featured in Museum London's exhibition Sit on It running from September 12, 2020 to February 7, 2021. This watercolour is part of the Embassy Hotel series of watercolours donated to the Museum London's permanent collection by Helen Haller in 2019.
Now online, Bint El Sudan, the exhibition catalogue for Jamelie Hassan's exhibition curated by Matthew Teitelbaum held 27 Apr.-24 June 1984 at the London Regional Art Gallery (now Museum London), London, Ontario. Catalogue features an essay by Christopher Dewdney. This catalogue is out of print, and we thank Museum London and the authors for giving us permission to publish online.
Please also read this excellent article, The Scent Of Revolution: The Story Behind Sudan's Legendary Perfume Label Remix, which talks about how artist Amado Alfadni transforms Sudan's iconic Bint El Sudan perfume label into a revolutionary message. Thanks to Samer Abdelnour for bringing this article to our attention.