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Monday, May 19, 2008

NEW: The 8Th OurTube: Slide Show and Talk Event - May 28 - 8pm

Centre A presents The 8Th OurTube: Slide Show and Talk Event

(the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart)

Guest artists: Jayce Salloum & Khadim Ali
Navigator: Haema Sivanesan, the director/curator of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), Toronto

Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
2 West Hastings Street
Free Admission, Everyone welcome

For the 8th edition of Our Tube, we invite you to join us with Jayce Salloum & Khadim Ali

Navigator: Haema Sivanesan, talking about their upcoming project (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart); A collaborative project between artists Jayce Salloum and Khadim Ali at Alternator Gallery in Kelowna, British-Columbia, in collaboration with SAVAC. (opening Thursday, June 12th, 2008, Exhibition runs June 9th to July 31st, 2008)

Jayce Salloum, a Vancouver-based artist, collaborates with Khadim Ali, a Hazara-Afghani artist living in Pakistan, on an exhibition of photography, video work and objects made and found during their work in Afghanistan this spring. The project focuses on Afghanistan's Bamiyan valley, where the Taliban destroyed two ancient statues of the Buddha in 2001, as well as geo-political issues related to migration, culture and imperialism.

In undertaking this purveyance of Bamiyan and by extension Afghanistan, the artists examine the ingenuity of survivors and bear witness to the endurance of the Hazara people. Is there scope for stability in Afghanistan? Is there hope for freedom? What is the First World's role and responsibility in the region? In reflecting on these questions, the project addresses political priorities and human values in a globalizing world, providing a unique perspective on the complexities of the post-9/11 landscape.

Jayce Salloum's practise exists between the personal, quotidian, local and the trans-national. He has been working in installation, photography, video, mixed media, text, and performance, since 1978, as well as curating exhibitions, conducting workshops and coordinating cultural projects. He has lectured and published pervasively and has exhibited at the widest range of local and international venues possible, from the smallest unnamed storefronts and community centres in his downtown eastside Vancouver neighbourhood to institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, National Gallery of Canada, CaixaForum, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Bienal De La Havana, Sharjah Biennial, Biennale of Sydney and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Khadim Ali is a Hazara artist from Afghanistan living in Pakistan. He was trained in miniature painting at the National College of Art in Lahore and in mural painting and calligraphy at Tehran University. Now based in Pakistan, Ali is an ethnic Hazara whose familial connections are to Bamiyan/Hazarajat, a region occupied from 1998 to 2001 by the Taliban, which massacred thousands of Hazaras throughout Afghanistan. His exhibitions include shows at the Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore; Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi; Hijran Art Gallery, Shiraz, Iran; Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane; The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan. His work is held in many private and public collections including the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan, the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

OurTube will be held at Centre A's lounge space on the last Wednesday night of every month after gallery hours. Each program will be curated by young local and visiting curators and artists, who will also invite the curator for next month so that it continues like a chain event. The guest curator will select series of videos for projection, and initiate the discussion following the screening. Drinks will be served during the screening, so the atmosphere is pretty casual just like at home.

Our Tube is a play on "YouTube". The idea behind the project is not only to broadcast your video, but also to share the experience of watching video with others and talking about it.

For more Information, please contact the gallery:
Tel: 604-683-8326

Makiko Hara, Curator:
Debra Zhou, Public Relations: