Looking Back | Moving Forward
August 17 - October 22, 2011
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Pascal Lièvre,
video still from Patriotic, 2005
When airplanes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, much of the world stopped to watch. Iconic photographs and videos saturated the media in the days and weeks that followed, leaving an indelible image on the mind's eye.
In the ten years since the attacks, many contemporary artists have turned their attention to the terrorist acts of 9/11 and the ongoing global impact of the U.S. response. Re-framing Terrorism brings together artists from Canada, France, Germany, Iraq and the U.S, including Josh Azzarella, Sandow Birk, Wafaa Bilal, Anthony Clune, Pascal Lièvre, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Elyse Pignolet, John Saurer, and Paul Shambroom.
Several artists in the exhibition pursue a desire to literally "re-frame" the terrorist attacks, breaking a heavy reliance on the popular media imagery that permeates our visual associations with the event. Others examine the U.S. response — frequently dubbed "counter-terrorism" by politicians and the media — to the nascent threat of terror.
Collectively, the artists ask viewers to confront challenging questions. How have concepts of patriotism, freedom and safety shifted in the last ten years? In what ways has 9/11 altered religious and cultural sensitivities? To what extent do language and images mediate one's sense of reality?
At the ten-year anniversary of the attacks, this exhibition of drawings, prints, photographs, performance and video allows for an opportunity to remember and reflect, while simultaneously providing a framework for considering what it means to live in a post-9/11 world.
—Jane Becker Nelson, curator
Jane Becker Nelson holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her MA in Art History at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
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