Opening Reception Kotama Bouabane: We’Ll Get There Fast And Then We’Ll Take It Slow

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We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow - Kotama Bouabane
Exhibition: April 29th - May 28th, 2016

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane that examines the relationship between object and image through an experimental ethnographic approach. Taking its title from the Beach Boys’ 1988 song “Kokomo,” which describes a lush fictional island off the Florida Keys, the exhibition similarly explores the construction of tropical non-places—ones that exist only in the North American middle-class imaginary—through numerous familiar tropes in travel photography. Presented as an accumulation of coconut imagery, the work self-reflexively attempts to reckon the object within its field of representation and reengages the image as a mutable site for contemplation.

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.

Supported in part by the Post-Residency Award presented by Visual + Digital Arts at The Banff Centre.

Presented in partnership with Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.
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