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Unstable: Contemporary Art from the Collection

February 22, 2003 - April 27, 2003

AWE Gallery

Since the rise of avant-garde in the 19th-century, contemporary art has been associated with radical social change. Jamelie Hassan’s The Satanic Verses (1990-97) deals with the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie’s 1989 book of the same name. This installation refers to censorship and the assertion of one’s identity in a climate of repression.

Montreal-based artist Barbara Steinman created Floating Crap Game (1993) in response to the opening of Casino Windsor. Using gambling as a metaphor for life, the work refers to the uncertainty of social and political conditions, and how chance events have dominated history.

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