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Hiba Abdallah
Artist

Guelph
July 26, 2017

Hiba Abdallah is an artist and organizer. Her practice explores the convergence of art and social practice through participatory exhibitions and temporary public artworks. Borrowing from dialogic and collaborative strategies, her work explores the complexities of locality, infrastructure, and civic agency as forms of social engagement. She received her BFA from the University of Windsor in 2012 and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2017. Her current exhibition Th’an is on view at the Art Gallery of Guelph until August 27.

1. Contronyms

The English language includes an interesting array of words that have double meanings depending on context – better known as contronyms. Here are some of my current favourites...
Aught (all or nothing)
Enjoin (to impose or to prohibit)
Hold up (to support or to impede)
Overlook (to supervise or to neglect)
Quantum (significantly large or a minuscule part)
Wear (to endure or to deteriorate)

2. http://wwwtheuselessweb.com/

I find this website useful when needing a reminder of how far uselessness can be pushed in productive ways.

3. Mos Def's verse on Definition


Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star album

It’s been 19 years and I’m still not over it.

4. Collaborate, forever

I consider collaboration a responsive and responsible way to be in the world. Here are some other ways I’ve been thinking about collaboration lately: a conglomerate, an association, fraternization, a concert, an affinity, a coalition, a kinship, a league, and symbiosis.

5. What's the Use?


What's the Use? Constellations of Art, History and Knowledge
, edited by Nick Aikens, Thomas Lange, Jorinde Seijdel, and Steven ten Thije

I can’t stop reading this book. Especially the essay Toward a Lexicon of Usership by Stephen Wright. Also No Blood/No Foul by Lucia Sanroman and The Barricade Has Fragmented and Multiplied by Liam Gillick. You should just read the whole thing. Or not.

 

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