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Workshop: “And What Did the Animal Say?” by Maha Maamoun

March 3, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Workshop: “And What Did the Animal Day”

Facilitated by Maha Maamoun

As part of public programming for We Look At Animals Because, SAVAC, Critical Distance and Gallery 44 are excited to present a 2-day intensive workshop with Cairo-based artist Maha Maamoun.

In Mathieu Kassovitz’s film La Haine , while Vinz and Sayid walk through the clashes between police and residents in their suburb, Vinz is sure he saw 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.

Limited seating available, if interested please write to toleen@savac.net by 23 Feb 2018 with a 150-word personal statement of intent behind joining the workshop and your portfolio. If selected, bring an example of recent appearances of animals in the news. Detailed program and workshop times will be shared with selected participants.

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.

3-4 March 2018
all day
The Commons
401 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON


March 3, 2018
March 4, 2018

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