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We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow
Kotama Bouabane, Sulphur Mountain II, C-Print, 28"x42", 2015

Kotama Bouabane »

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow

Exhibition: – 28 May 2016

Fri 29 Apr 18:00

Gallery 44

401 Richmond Street West, #120
ON M5V 3A8 Toronto
Tue-Sat 11-17

Gallery 44

401 Richmond Street West, #120
ON M5V 3A8 Toronto

+1-416-979.3941


www.gallery44.org

Tue-Sat 11-17

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.

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.