CONTACT Primary Exhibition by Kotama Bouabane: WE'LL GET THERE FAST AND THEN WE'LL TAKE IT SLOW


"We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow" is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane

 
DateFriday, April 29, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00am

Phone

416.979.3941

Email

info@gallery44.org

Website

http://gallery44.org/exhibitions/well-get-there-fast-and-then-well-take-it-slow

Location

Gallery 44 401 Richmond Street West Suite #120 Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8

PANEL DISCUSSION
Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 PM
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 1214 Queen St. W

To keep (something) in position: props in contemporary photography
Gabrielle Moser in Conversation with Sameer Farooq, Bojana Stancic and Kotama Bouabane

What role do props play in contemporary photographic practice? Neither costuming nor part of a set, the prop is an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human agent: a “thing” that gains meaning through the context of its use. By bringing together artists, curators, historians and performance studies scholars to consider the use of props in photographs (both historical and contemporary), this panel discussion examines the ways objects help us to write and rewrite histories.

About the Exhibition: 

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane that explores how images are constructed, deconstructed and materialized through an experimental ethnographic approach. The exhibition builds from an image of artfully arranged coconuts from a 1970’s Kodak manual on colour correcting, which suggestively pictures the coconuts cracked open as drinking vessels. For Bouabane the dramatic presentation of the image within the banal technical manual demonstrates photography’s complacency in the exoticisation and commodification of its subject, with the coconut becoming shorthand for exotic travel locals, leisure and luxury. 

Taking its title from the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”, another shorthand for tropical destinations and a common misinterpretation of the artist’s first name, the series obsessively takes coconuts as form, medium and content. Images created from a pinhole camera made out of a coconut were processed with coconut water in the chemistry, while a cast coconut formed from coconut oil is presented atop a mound of black sand. It is in this slip between object and image that Bouabane humorously and self-reflexively attempts to recon the object within its field of representation and reengages the image as a mutable site for contemplation.

Supported in part by the Post-Residency Award presented by Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre, presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Artist Biography: 

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), Gallery 44 (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Erin Stump Projects.

k@kotamabouabane.com
www.kotamabouabane.com

 

 

DateFriday, April 29, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00am

Phone

416.979.3941

Email

info@gallery44.org

Website

http://gallery44.org/exhibitions/well-get-there-fast-and-then-well-take-it-slow

Location

Gallery 44 401 Richmond Street West Suite #120 Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8

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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 4:00am

PANEL DISCUSSION
Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 PM
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom – 1214 Queen St. W

To keep (something) in position: props in contemporary photography
Gabrielle Moser in Conversation with Sameer Farooq, Bojana Stancic and Kotama Bouabane

What role do props play in contemporary photographic practice? Neither costuming nor part of a set, the prop is an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human agent: a “thing” that gains meaning through the context of its use. By bringing together artists, curators, historians and performance studies scholars to consider the use of props in photographs (both historical and contemporary), this panel discussion examines the ways objects help us to write and rewrite histories.

About the Exhibition: 

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane that explores how images are constructed, deconstructed and materialized through an experimental ethnographic approach. The exhibition builds from an image of artfully arranged coconuts from a 1970’s Kodak manual on colour correcting, which suggestively pictures the coconuts cracked open as drinking vessels. For Bouabane the dramatic presentation of the image within the banal technical manual demonstrates photography’s complacency in the exoticisation and commodification of its subject, with the coconut becoming shorthand for exotic travel locals, leisure and luxury. 

Taking its title from the Beach Boys song “Kokomo”, another shorthand for tropical destinations and a common misinterpretation of the artist’s first name, the series obsessively takes coconuts as form, medium and content. Images created from a pinhole camera made out of a coconut were processed with coconut water in the chemistry, while a cast coconut formed from coconut oil is presented atop a mound of black sand. It is in this slip between object and image that Bouabane humorously and self-reflexively attempts to recon the object within its field of representation and reengages the image as a mutable site for contemplation.

Supported in part by the Post-Residency Award presented by Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre, presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Artist Biography: 

Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), Gallery 44 (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Erin Stump Projects.

k@kotamabouabane.com
www.kotamabouabane.com

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 401 Richmond Street West Suite #120 Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8
Website: 
http://gallery44.org/exhibitions/well-get-there-fast-and-then-well-take-it-slow
Email: 
info@gallery44.org
Phone: 
416.979.3941
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