Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848

Text by Reid Shier with contributions by Erika Balsom, Ma’an Abu Taleb, George E. Lewis, and Samir Gandesha

Stan Douglas, one of the most compelling voices in Canadian contemporary art, has long explored critical, sociocultural, and political change. His exhibition for the 59th Biennale di Venezia, 2011 ≠ 1848, reflects upon the language of protest, revolution, and the uprisings witnessed across the globe in 2011. Douglas’ four large-scale hybrid documentary photographs re-stage protests in Tunis, London, New York, and Vancouver, and his two-channel HD video, ISDN, presents Grime and Mahraganat rappers exchanging subversive lyrics between studios in London and Cairo.

This stunning 288-page illustrated catalogue, published in English, French, and Arabic, features some 100 full-colour detailed images that meticulously capture behind-the-scenes views of Douglas’ elaborate productions. Essays by leading international cultural thinkers examine the artist’s work in relation to music, political economy, contemporary media theory, and the rise of Grime and Mahraganat.

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Publisher: National Gallery of Canada, Walter König

Artists: Stan Douglas

Publication Date: 2022

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9.8 × 10.8 in

Pages: 288

Reproductions: 100 illustrations

ISBN: 9783753302188

Retail: $35 | $47 CAN | £32

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Stan Douglas

Since the late 1980s, Stan Douglas has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified. Making frequent use of new as well as outdated technologies, Douglas appropriates existing Hollywood genres (including murder mysteries and the Western) and borrows from classic literary works (notably, Samuel Beckett, Herman Melville, and Franz Kafka) to create ready-made contextual frameworks for his complex, thoroughly researched projects.

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