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There is Bread and Salt Between Us: Negotiating Subjecthood Through Gestures of Hospitality

Onisko, Valentyna (2017) There is Bread and Salt Between Us: Negotiating Subjecthood Through Gestures of Hospitality. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Onisko, Valentyna

This thesis investigates how those with complicated, conflicting, and hyphenated subjecthoods find expressions in contemporary art through explorations of nationality and identity, as well as cultural and historical entanglements. There is Bread and Salt Between Us, an exhibition installed at Open Space Gallery in March 2017, presents the works of four contemporary artists – Basil AlZeri, Tsēma Igharas, Lisa Myers, and Dana Prieto – whose creative engagements with gestures of hospitality both invite and unsettle the viewer. In their works, new conceptions of “home” are negotiated and created: often a pastiche of memories, cultural practices, and ideas of what it means to belong. This analysis explores the artworks through a framework of hospitality, speaking to contemporary realities and anxieties surrounding constructions of subjecthood within the Canadian context. In doing so, it acknowledges the challenging philosophical relationships and ethical questions that arise from the intersection of individuals, familial structures, cultures, and nations.

Date: 10 May 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contemporary art, exhibitions, curatorial practice, migration, colonialism, globalization, displacement, subjecthood, national identity, intersectionality, cultural entanglement, feminist theory, postcolonial theory
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1686

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