Art-UP! IX : @ TSC by Béluga features the work of Emma Harake

By August 18, 2016Exhibition

Vernissage reception/Artist Meet & Greet

Tuesday September 27th from 5PM – 7PM
Theatre Sainte Catherine Café-Bar
264 rue Sainte-Catherine est

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Curatorial statement

Exhibition September 12th – November at Theatre Sainte Catherine Café-Bar

Floating in their frames, the women in this series are isolated, pensive, and eternal. They are cropped out of their environments and stripped of all visual distractions. They are portraits of strangers, sourced by scouring the backgrounds in Harake’s old family photographs. The reduction of the visual grants the figures anonymity and instills them with quiet, objectified and inviting speculation.

The theme of displacement ties these works together in a loose narrative. Works such as Elevate and Bound Together investigate the eternal search for home and the modern sense that such a search is an unending gaze towards “somewhere else.” This yearning, this instability, carries a great sense of loss, as reflected in the work Motherhood, and questions the basic but ever-changing concepts of belonging and identity.

Born in Lebanon, Emma Haraké lives and works in Montréal. Displacement and speculation are frequently addressed in her work. She holds a Bachelor of fine art from the Lebanese University and is currently pursuing her graduate studies at Concordia University. She had a solo exhibition in Lebanon 2012 and exhibited extensively in collective shows in prominent galleries and museums in Lebanon and the Middle East. Since 2015, she participated in many collective exhibitions in Montreal.