Embassy Cultural House Presents: Hiding in Plain Sight

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Shelley Niro, Buffet, 2020, Digital Photo

Embassy Cultural House Presents: Hiding in Plain Sight

Now Online!

On Friday, October 30, 2020 the Embassy Cultural House hosted and launched its inaugural virtual event with the international group exhibition Hiding in Plain Sight organized by Ron Benner.

Over forty artists and contributors responded to the open call to create an artwork in response to the 2020 book by St. Louis-based journalist Sarah Kendzior “Hiding in Plain Sight”. In her book, Sarah describes the Trump administration as “…a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government”. There are many other governments in the world at this time that also fit this description. Inspired by Sarah Kendzior’s provocative writing this online exhibition has been organized on the Embassy Cultural House website: embassyculturalhouse.ca and was launched on October 30 – with journalist Sarah Kendzior and many of the artists attending – ahead of the US Presidential Elections on November 3,2020.

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Journalist Sarah Kendzior attends the launch on October 30, 2020, image courtesy of Fern Helfand

We would like to recognize the Governor General Award recipients who are participating in the exhibit including: Jamelie Hassan (2001), Jayce Salloum (2014), Suzy Lake (2016), Shelley Niro (2017) Wyn Geleynse (2018), Michael Fernandes (2020) and Zainub Verjee (2020), as well as the many other established and emerging artists in the show.

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Susanna Heller, Eyes in a Bleak World, 2020, oil paint, mixed media on canvas

About the Embassy Cultural House (ECH)

Artists Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner and jazz musician Eric Stach founded the Embassy Cultural House (1983-1990) located in the restaurant portion of the Embassy Hotel at 732 Dundas Street in East London. In 2020, at the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Embassy Cultural House was re-envisioned as a website and virtual art space in memory of independent curator Bob McKaskell (1943 -2020), who passed away on June 30, 2020. The online archive and virtual program is a collaborative effort to celebrate the art community in London, Ontario, past and present and its many connections across Canada and around the world.

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