OPEN ACCESS: A DEMONSTRATION Carmen Papalia


  • OAG Annex 110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1 Canada
Carmen Papalia, Blind Field Shuttle, performance presented as part of the In the Power of Your Care exhibition, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City (2016), Photo by William Furio.

Carmen Papalia, Blind Field Shuttle, performance presented as part of the In the Power of Your Care exhibition, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City (2016), Photo by William Furio.

June 23 – August 13, 2017
Opening Reception:
June 22, 5:30 PM

In 2015, Vancouver-based social practice artist Carmen Papalia produced Open Access, a conceptual work that addresses the failures he experienced as a recipient of institutional support services. Through Open Access, Papalia offers a critique of the common, policy-based model for accessibility, which he found was prescriptive and marginalizing. 

This exhibition explores the movement that coalesced after Papalia and a group of artists and activists from Gallery Gachet conducted an unsolicited accessibility audit of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). As part of Papalia’s movement-building campaign for Open Access, the exhibition focuses on various points in Papalia’s process of developing, practising, and finding a community for a new, relational model for accessibility.

Open Access: A Demonstration highlights documentation, objects, and ephemera from Papalia’s practice-based research on the topic of organizing for accessibility and mutual aid.

Don’t miss Papalia’s two performative art pieces: March for a New Accessibility on June 25, and White Cane Amplified on June 26 – both starting at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex.

Curator: Stephanie Nadeau, OAG

Presented in partnership with the NAC’s Canada Scene

The OAG Annex at City Hall is an accessible venue with accessible public transportation nearby. ASL/LSQ interpretation will be available during the opening reception. The exhibition includes audio/visual descriptive and interpretive strategies. 

Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa   613.233.8699
When: Open daily 9 AM to 8 PM

An attendant will be on site to describe artworks and answer questions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 3 PM and Thursdays from 3 PM to 7 PM.