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Rehab Nazzal: Choreographies of Resistance
July 8 to July 29, 2017
Opening Reception: July 8 from 2 – 6 PM

McIntosh Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Rehab Nazzal. The show is based on Nazzal’s year-long research in the occupied West Bank and features an array of works that engage gallery-goers through sight, hearing and smell. In this multi-media exhibition, social commentary and critique intersect with expressive response to the severe realities in the conflict zone, and offers a space where critical inquiry as well as reflection may take place.

Nazzal is a Palestinian-born artist whose works have been widely shown throughout Canada and internationally. “As an artist whose life is shaped by the violence of Israel’s military occupation, it’s my responsibility to provide an alternative representative record of the daily struggles of the Palestinians. I am hoping this show will fill a void in contemporary art and address visually and sonically the Palestinians’ experiences of resisting colonial violence,” she said.

The exhibition, entitled Choreographies of Resistance, includes photographs, video, and sound works that focus on the Palestinian struggle against settler-colonialism in one of the world’s most volatile hotspots, Nazzal notes. It includes a video installation seen through the “eyes” of a gas-mask, and an installation in which photographic images are projected onto hundreds of handmade slingshots as it pays tribute to Palestinians who have lost their lives in the intifada.

“This will be an immersive journey for visitors, as these works will transmit Palestinian civilians’ experiences from the streets of the occupied West Bank to the gallery space of London, Ontario,” she said.

Surveillance Signal
July 6 – 16 at Satellite Project Space
Opening Reception: July 6, 7-9 PM
Chuck Blazevic DJ set: July 6, 9-11 PM
Reclaiming Your Digital Privacy: An Interactive Workshop: July 11, 7-9 PM

As the internet encroaches on our personal lives, users increasingly end up paying for its services with their privacy. Take for example the unique digital signature you leave when you post something on social media: your geographic location, hardware, operating system, etc. The digital trail we leave behind is a significant identifier of who we are in contrast to our physical and mental presence in the real world. Digital identity is now used to surveil users (with varying levels of consent) by parties ranging from the relatively innocuous to the malicious. Working with these ideas, curator Mitra Shreeram chose Toronto artists Philip Baljeu and Francisco-Fernando Granados to translate these complex surveillance systems into digital video works and a performance.

Granados’s performance spatial profiling… removes the subjective and narrative component of identity leaving behind only objective data points. The performer’s facial profile is traced repeatedly on a wall until a wave-like form is produced. Baljeu takes technologies and systems originally intended for signal analysis and repurposes them into unique electronic instruments. In his series Scan Processing Architecture Abstractions, Philip chose four buildings in London to surveil: Bell Canada, London Courthouse, and Western University’s Social Science Centre and D.B. Weldon Library. This series subverts common surveillance practice by surveilling the structures themselves that either house or make surveillance available.

This site-specific exhibition, organized by McIntosh Gallery, is presented at the Satellite Project Space at 121 Dundas Street, London, Ontario. The gallery acknowledges funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for making this exhibition possible.

For more information contact Mitra Shreeram, Communications and Outreach Coordinator,, 519.661.2111 ext. 87576
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