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Work by artists such as Olivia Johnston and Zainab Hussain come together to create a new dialogue around the experience of femininity

Emerging local artists are being exhibited in a new exhibition entitled À La Mode at Gallery 115 from December 2 - December 6th, 2019 with a vernissage on December 6th from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The exhibition explores how various social spaces can impact femininity; each work relates to the artists personal experience.

À La Mode presents works that converse with the experiences of femininity through different perspectives and includes works by Ella Wright, Emily King-Simpson, Laura Paolini, Olivia Johnston, and Zainab Hussain. Here, the historically gendered expectations that are socially imposed on women are challenged and resisted through each artist’s expression of their lived experience. The works included examine how each experience of oppression has moulded the way they experience and express femininity, and dialogue together to confront problematic social structures. In English our title presents as a false friend which means “with a side of ice cream,” and in French is “of the current fashion.” The way in which one has come to mean the other mirrors the variety of metaphors used by the artists to explore the subject of their own womanhood.

This exhibition is curated by students from the University of Ottawa's Curation for Contemporary Art course: Taylor Boileau Davidson, Laurena Fineus, Joanna King, Ashley MacRae and Gabrielle Madore.

Admission is free. Gallery 115 is located at 600 Cumberland St and is open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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