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Vernissage: "2 Arabs Walk into a Bar…"

  • Casa del Popolo 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montréal, QC, H2T 1R6 Canada (map)
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Lux Magna présente/presents:

EXHIBIT: "2 Arabs Walk into a Bar..."

Artists: Sundus Abdul Hadi and Joyce Joumaa

Description: "2 Arabs Walk into a Bar..." features artwork by two Arab women artists based in Montreal. Abdul Hadi and Joumaa's work boldly uses politics to reflect on the representation and mobility of a vilified people.

Curated by Sundus Abdul Hadi (MDM: The Medium)

Vernissage // 5-9pm: A Groundbreakers DJ set // Rare, Raucous and Revered Arabic tunes by Sundus, Joyce and Sandhill.


Sundus Abdul Hadi is an Iraqi-Canadian multimedia artist. Her work critically engages current crises in the Middle East through subversive and sensitive reflection, using manipulated photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound. Her most recent work is a self-authored illustrated book titled Shams about trauma, transformation and healing. Complimenting her studio practice, Abdul Hadi curates exhibitions as artist-curator. She is the co-founder of The Medium, a global multidisciplinary artist collective. Her work has been exhibited in Palestine, UAE, Canada, USA, France, UK and Saudi Arabia.
Abdul Hadi also hosts "The Groundbreakers", a weekly radio show about art and culture on CKUT 90.3 fm in Montreal.

"Papyrophobia” by Joyce Joumaa

Papyrophobia is the irrational fear of papers. In our current times, this word has taken a political aspect. People are being judged depending on the papers they hold - something which will later be the main factor that will either allow or deny their entrance to a new country. As part of the new Trump Administration's policies, people holding specific passport/papers are denied the entrance to the United States. This work suggests that the fear in the first place comes from the papers or the passports that these people hold - before being a fear of the place from which they come or a fear of the actions that they might commit. Whenever the newcomers present their papers, a political decision that has its roots in fear is being taken. The permutation of colors suggests a new way to deal with the passport - hoping that if the colors are more "joyful", the fear will disappear.

Joyce Joumaa is a Video artist. After having grown up in Tripoli, Lebanon, she is currently based in Montreal where she is pursuing her BFA in Specialization in Film Studies at Concordia University. She is interested in the intersection of Arts and Politics as a mean to translate contemporary issues.
Her works include themes of exile, language, post-war memory and post-colonial education.

Portes: 17h

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La Casa Del Popolo se situe en rez de chaussée. Il y a une rampe d'accès à l'entrée du bar et de la salle de concert afin de permettre l'accès aux personnes en fauteuils roulants. Les toilettes sont de genre neutre et l'une est accessible aux fauteuils roulants.

Casa Del Popolo is located on ground level. There are ramps on both the venue and bar front entrances for wheelchair accessibility. Washrooms are gender neutral and one is wheelchair accessible.

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