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Kotama Bouabane

October 27 to December 3, 2017
Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5 pm
550, côte d'Abraham, Québec
Friday October 23, 2017

About the Artist

About the Exhibition


Kotama Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), Contemporary Calgary (Calgary) & Gallery 44 Centre For Contemporary Photography (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He currently holds positions in the Photography Department at OCADU and York University. Upcoming exhibitions include The New Gallery in 2018.

We'll Get There Fast and Then We'll Take It Slow

A 1970s Kodak technical manual relies on a photograph of a freshly cracked coconut, into which two straws have been inserted: the symbol of an imagined and exotic south, where North Americans project themselves lying under palm trees, taking it slow, doing nothing, or else sipping their cocktails directly from coconuts. Undertaking a satirical investigation of this colonialist image, Kotama Bouabane reverses the relationship between subject and object. Once the object of the gaze, the coconut comes out of the image and makes images of its own, becoming the apparatus of photography; photographed by the coconut we are no longer spectators, and it is the coconut's turn to look at us with amusement. Looking through its eyes, we are encouraged to parody our own gaze.

This exhibition is part of the Inventing Risk programming, which invites us to reconsider the way we make art and the way we think the image.

Kotama wishes to thank the Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity, Katie Dutton, Algie, Leila Timmins, Brandon Davis, Luke Painter, Anthony Koutras, Michal Antkowiak, Yarek Waszul, Andreas Rutkauskas, Katrina Veljovic, Caroline Larsen, Norman Larsen, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council For the Arts.

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