Jamelie Hassan's diverse multi-media installation works have dealt with questions
of colonialism, patriarchy, militarism, censorship, sexuality and cultural identity.
Based in London, she has also made contributions through artist-run centres,
community and heritage projects. Since the 1970's, she has exhibited widely in Canada
and internationally. In 2001 she was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts.
Her works are in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Canada,
Ottawa, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto,
Museums/ London Art, The Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Dalhousie University
Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., the McIntosh Gallery, The University of Western Ontario,
the Woodland Cultural Centre,Six Nations, Brantford, Ont. and the New Museum of
Contemporary Art, NewYork, N.Y, USA. `Her commissioned works include the Ottawa
Courthouse and the London Regional Cancer Clinic, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario.
She was awarded the commission for the creation of artwork for winners of 2002 Governor
Her commitments have involved highly diverse sites including her participation on the
advisory team of artists, consultants and architects, in dialogue with communities
affected by the LRT (Light Rapid Transit) on Spadina Avenue in Toronto, developing concepts
and sites for public art. Internationally her research has involved an examination of the
post-war reconstruction of Beirut and the building of the new library in Alexandria, Egypt.
She has served as a member of the board and on advisory panels for the Art Gallery of
In 2001 she was an advisor on two London, Ont. community arts progams, OpenAir: bike,
benches, canoes & beyond, public art project and a Gathering of Good Minds, First Nations'
cultural program in London, Ontario. She is presently part of the Museum/London advisory
team co-ordinating a conference in conjunction with the London exhibition in the spring
2003 of Greg Curnoe, Art & Stuff organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.
SELECTED RECENT SOLO EXHIBITS:
2002 Caribbean Books, exhibition & collaboration with Richard Bolai, CCA,
Port of Spain, Trinidad
2000 L' espace de l'alphabet, solo exhibition with performance by Jim Drobnick
at Oboro Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
1999 Trespassers & Captives, artist-in-residence, Eldon House, London
1999 Regional Art & Historical Museums, London, Canada, catalogue published by LRAHM,
2000, with contributions by Michael W. Spence, Mireya Folch-Serra,
Salah D. Hassan, Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnock, James Patten and Peter Smith
1997 Jamelie Hassan, Recent Work, solo exhibit, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1997 Aldin's Gift & Boutros Al Armenian/Mediterrean Modern, Art Gallery of Windsor
1996 Aldin's Gift, Art Gallery of York University, North York, Ontario
catalogue with texts based on dialogue with Homi Bhabha and Monika Kin Gagnon
1996 In the Realm of Freedom,YYZ Gallery, Toronto, Ont.
1996 Seek Knowledge Even Onto China, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
1993 Si-murgh et La Montagne du Lotus, Chine, with audio and text by writer
Monika Kin Gagnon, La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City, Que. Catalogue
1992 The Conference of the Birds, Or Gallery, Vancouver,B.C., Catalogue, Interruption 1991 Two Women in One, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. The
Jamila Jamelie Project, a collaboration, bookwork with writer/performer
Jamila Ismail,(published 1992).
1990 Inscription, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Catalogue texts by
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Peter White.
SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITS:
2002-03 Home, curated by James Patten, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
in/tangible cartographies, program curated by Jayce Salloum, Cinemateque, Toronto
2001-02 Linkage, anti-war project presentation of billboard working with peace activists
in Ottawa and Berlin
2001 Governor General's Award exhibition, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
2001 Tirana Biennial 1, Escape, National Gallery of Tirana and Flash Art Milan,Tirana, Albania
2001 in/tangible cartographies, program curated by Jayce Salloum, World Wide Video
Festival, (WWVF) Amsterdam, Netherlands
2001 The Bookmobile Project : New Mileage for Book Arts, traversing North America
Museopathy, Contemporary Art in Kingston Heritage Sites, Museum of Health
Care, Kingston, Ontario, curated by Jim Drobnick and Jennifer Fisher. Catalogue.
2001 alignments:contemporay works from the collection, Art Gallery of Windsor,
2001 Art from London, in conjunction with the Greg Curnoe exhibition, life & stuff,
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
2001 Amani, Peace postcard project, in Paris and in Canada including publication in
2000 Remembering Oka, Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
1999 Feminist Practices:, Lateral Moves, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, (2 person)
1999 War Zones, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, billboard project
1999 Private Properties, curated by Stephan St.Laurent for VTape, Toronto,
screenings in Amsterdam & London
1998 Images, Festival of Independent Film & Video, Toronto
1998 Kanadians, touring exhibition curated by Nina Czegledy, VTape, Toronto
1998 Joseph Beuys Was Here, Saw Gallery, Ottawa
1998 foodculture, ArtLab, University of Western Ontario, curated by Barbara Fischer
1997 Cities at the End of Time, Hong Kong 1997, a Pomelo Project, Vancouver, B.C.,
curators, Henry Tsang and Scott MacFarlane, special issue of West Coast Lines,
A Pomelo Project, Vancouver, B.C.
1997 ES97 TIJUANA, Salon Internacional De Estandartes, (International Banner Exhibition)
Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico, touring Mexico
1997 Survey Results Show..., National Gallery of Canada, touring nationally, group
exhibition from the permanent collection
1996 Memories of Oranges, Meeting in Istanbul, "Ghostwriter Project 1", artist/curator
Jamelie Hassan with Shirin Neshat, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto
1995 Temporarily Possessed, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, N.Y.
1995 The End(s) of the Museum, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Spain,
curator John Hanhardt, Tom Keenan and Manuel Borja-Villel. Catalogue
including artist project.
1994 Pohjoinen Valokuva/Northern Photography, Contemporary Living -Violence, 1994,
International Photographic Triennial, Oulu Art Museum, Finland, including lectures
in Oulu, Turku and Helsinki. Catalogue texts by Pirkko Siitari and Matti Wuori.
1994 Multiple Worlds, an international survey of artists' books, the Atlanta College of
Art Gallery, Georgia, U.S.A.