Opening Reception — OPEN ACCESS: A DEMONSTRATION Carmen Papalia

June 22, 5:30 PM | Free
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa     613.233.8699

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 by design.

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 Gallery 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.