Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Elise Rasmussen, A Poetic Truth in a Pathetic Fallacy, 2015 - 2018. Still from HD Video. Courtesy of the artist
Elise Rasmussen, A Poetic Truth in a Pathetic Fallacy
Shadi Harouni, I Dream the Mountain is Still Whole, 2017. Still from HD Video. Courtesy of the artist
Shadi Harouni, I Dream the Mountain is Still Whole
I Long for a Game of Football, Shadi Harouni, 2017. Still from HD Video. Courtesy of the artist
I Long for a Game of Football, Shadi Harouni
Shadi Harouni, The Lightest of Stones, 2015. Still from HD Video. Courtesy of the artist
Shadi Harouni, The Lightest of Stones
2018 Featured Exhibition

Shadi Harouni, Elise Rasmussen
With an instinct for justice

May 5–June 30, 2018
Doris McCarthy Gallery
U of T Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail

With an instinct for justice brings together two projects that make visible acts of collective resistance and the poetic and lingering impact that individuals working together can have on systems of power. Elise Rasmussen and Shadi Harouni’s video, print, and sculptural works offer intimate portraits of push back. Addressing the economic, political, and social arenas in which citizens take action against oppressive forces, each project directly registers the political and the global on a personal scale. Conflict is at the core of these oppositions, but the work within this exhibition also offers a sense of catharsis, empowerment, and perhaps even resurgence. With an instinct for justice reveals the embodied nature of resistance and the emotional investments that counteractions demand. Both Rasmussen and Harouni document subjects within contested contexts of commodification, resource extraction, and political power. While Harouni’s works frame a resistance to erasure, Rasmussen directs attention to corporeal resistance. The resonances that linger between these two projects take the viewer through intimate and mighty acts of refusal.

Curated by Noa Bronstein

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