Workshop | March 3+4 | Maha Maamoun: And What Did The Animal Say? | Presented in partnership with SAVAC

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) and Gallery 44, we are thrilled to bring Cairo-based artist Maha Maamoun to Toronto for a free 2-day intensive workshop culminating in an artist talk as part of SAVAC’s Views on the 4th in conjunction with We Look At Animals Because.

In Mathieu Kassovitz’s film La Haine, Vinz and Sayid walk through the clashes between police and residents in their suburb, and Vinz becomes sure he has seen a cow crossing the street. It is not clear if he is the only one who saw it, if it’s even real, a symbol of the collapse of the urban order, or possibly an omen of his imminent death.

Why look at animals? Do we use animals as symbols or proxies for other subjects? Is our interest in them driven by a desire to reach beyond the confines of our bodies, subjectivities, knowledge and practice? How are these interests or desires finally translated in our work? In this workshop, animals will be our starting point to explore the personal, the cultural and the political. By engaging with the work of a selection of contemporary writers, artists, film-makers and others who use or reflect on the use of animals in their work, this discussion-based workshop aims to explore different modes and languages of observation and how they are translated into images and texts.

— This is a rare opportunity to participate in a small group setting with international artist Maha Maamoun.
— Workshop is FREE but space is limited.
— If interested, email toleen@savac.net with a 150-word statement of intent and a link to examples of your work.
— Workshop takes place over two full days, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4.
— Confirmed participants will receive detailed program information by the end of the week.
— Participants will be encouraged to bring an example of recent animal-related news items.
— Workshop location is The Commons on the 4th floor of the 401 Richmond building.

About the Artist
Maha Maamoun has exhibited her work internationally in biennials and exhibitions at such venues as the Sharjah Art Foundation, New Museum, Berlinale 64, Tate Modern, 9th Gwangju Biennale, Witte de With, MoMA NY, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Haus der Kunst. She is a co-founder of the independent publishing platform Kayfa-ta and a founding board member of the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC), an independent non-profit space for art and culture in Cairo.

Special thanks to Gallery 44 for partnering with us on this event. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Toronto Arts Council for this exhibition and related events.


image: Maha Maamoun, Dear Animal (film still), 25:30 mins, 2016

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