Artist Talk with Rana Nazzal Hamadeh


Rana Nazzal Hamadeh, 8.49 Million Grains of Soil (detail) [view of Jerusalem from Beit Sahour], 2020, inkjet on vinyl. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Talk
Rana Nazzal Hamadeh: 1/1000th of a Dunam

Presented by the Ryerson Image Centre and the MFA in Documentary Media Program, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
Online via Zoom
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
1 pm ET

Join artist Rana Nazzal Hamadeh in conversation with Dr. Chandni Desai, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, about the multimedia exhibition 1/1000th of a Dunam, which explores Palestinian assertions of belonging through the site of soil—an epistemic space where land and belonging are imagined. On view in the RIC’s Student Gallery from September 15 – October 23, 2021. Register now.

Rana Nazzal Hamadeh is a Palestinian-Canadian artist immersed in community organizing around issues of Indigenous self-determination, prison abolition, climate justice, and more, both across Turtle Island and in occupied Palestine. Her photography, film, and installation works look at the complexity of decolonial disruptions, combining storytelling with critical analysis to draw links between lived experience and systems of power. Rana holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and is currently based in Palestine working with prisoner justice groups and conducting research for future projects.

Dr. Chandni Desai is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is working on her first book Revolutionary Circuits of Liberation: The Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture and Internationalism. She has written articles on Palestinian resistance/revolutionary culture, Palestinian oral history and archives, the carceral state and its technologies, memorializing state violence, settler colonial economies and resurgent solidarities, and decolonization. She is the host of the Liberation Pedagogy Podcast.


Rana Nazzal Hamadeh, 8.49 Million Grains of Soil (detail) [olive trees in Bethlehem], 2020, inkjet on vinyl. Courtesy of the artist.

The RIC Student Gallery
The Student Gallery showcases the art and curatorial practices of Ryerson University’s current undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from all disciplines. Rigorous yet inclusive, the program engages audiences with important issues through group or solo exhibitions of contemporary art and historical lens-based media. Presenting six exhibitions per year, the Student Gallery provides valuable, professional experience in the curation and display of artwork. The exhibitions are selected annually, following a call for submissions, by a committee of staff members from the RIC, along with students and faculty members from the School of Image Arts.



Hal Wilsdon, Self Defence, 2019, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

Hal Wilsdon: I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden
November 3–December 4, 2021

In her photographic series I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden, Hal Wilsdon performs physical feats for the camera, from riding a pogo stick blindfolded to releasing a fire extinguisher on her face. With equal parts irreverence and homage, her photographs are inspired by the 1970s performance works of Chris Burden (who famously had himself shot) and the ridiculous stunts performed by actor Johnny Knoxville in his reality TV show Jackass. In this series of self-portraits, Wilsdon questions the gaze with which viewers consume and are fascinated by the physical danger inherent in such acts.


Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton
September 15–December 4, 2021

Drawing from Indigenous history, contemporary culture, and spirituality, this exhibition celebrates the career of Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award. A Hunkpapa Lakota photographer and filmmaker, Claxton examines stereotypes and representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture. This selection of artworks confronts issues of colonialist appropriation and commodification through an wide-ranging exploration of the artist’s family and community in the Great Plains, Saskatchewan.

Susan Dobson: Slide | Lecture
September 15–December 4, 2021

In Slide | Lecture, Guelph-based photographer Susan Dobson reconsiders the materiality, physicality, and meaning of abandoned university slide libraries. Her precisely composed images of these outdated photographic transparencies, originally made to be projected in art history lectures, expose the canonical biases of traditional visual culture—dominated by Western male artists, while marginalizing or excluding art by those outside the establishment. Slide | Lecture gleans revelations about outdated views from these obsolete materials, hinting a way forward toward more diverse and inclusive representations.

Emmanuelle Léonard: Deployment
September 15–December 4, 2020

Montreal-based artist Emmanuelle Léonard captured the complex realities of Canada’s strategic military imperatives in the Far North during a 2018 residency. Deployment, a two-channel video accompanied by photographic portraits, focuses on the passage of time experienced by soldiers posted to the Canadian Arctic, showing everyday moments against an infinite backdrop of snow and northern night—a place where the climate crisis has intensified the national, political, and economic stakes.

Rana Nazzal Hamadeh: 1/1000th of a Dunam
September 15–October 23, 2021

This multimedia exhibition explores Palestinian assertions of belonging through soil. Displaced peoples often collect and cherish soils from their place of origin; here, soil collected in Palestine takes on new meaning and form as it travels from one occupied place to another. Examining the multidimensional significance of land under settler-colonialism, this virtual recreation is acknowledged as incomplete.


Artist Talk: Susan Dobson
Wednesday, November 3, 7 pm

Artist and Curator in Conversation: Emmanuelle Léonard with Louise Déry
Wednesday, November 10, 7 pm

Noon Time Collection Talk: Edward Burtynsky
Thursday, November 18, 12 pm

Tanenbaum Lecture: Wendy Ewald
Presented with the Stephen Bulger Gallery
November 19, 7 pm

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