Sebastian remediates the figure of Saint Sebastian in order to trouble toxic forms of masculinity. Violence done to the body, described through scars and wounds, reshapes itself into healing plant medicine.
A queer understanding of the Sebastian mythos recognizes that the arrows that pierce the young soldier’s body are thinly-veiled phalluses, replicating male violence under capitalism and patriarchy. This narrative is reimagined so that all bodies may open up and blossom.
Join us for the opening of Stacey Ho’s window exhibition, Sebastian. The reception will be followed by a conversation between Stacey Ho and Anahita Jamali Rad, at 6:30 pm.
Canadian Art has listed this event in their “Must-Sees” list of August 18-24, 2016 here.
Stacey Ho is an artist, writer, and curator who lives on unceded Coast Salish territories. She recently completed a residency at VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver) and is participating in forthcoming group exhibitions at Galerie oqbo (Berlin) and Artcite (Windsor). Her critical writing has been published through Modern Painters, West Coast Line, INTER art actuel, ISSUE Magazine, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Vidéographe, and RAM Galleri. She is the former associate director of the LIVE Biennale Performance Art Society.
Anahita Jamali Rad was born in Iran and lives on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Anahita Jamali Rad’s work engages with materiality, love, affect, ideology, violence, class, collectivity, desire, place, and displacement. Anahita Jamali Rad co-edited the critical materialist feminist journal About a Bicycle, which was produced by members of the women’s reading and discussion collective of the same name. Anahita Jamali Rad’s first book of poetry, for love and autonomy (Talon Books), will be released in Fall 2016.