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MOEZ SURANI & NINA LEO
THE IRREFUTABLE BORDER: CHINA SERIES

THE RED HEAD GALLERY AUGUST 15 – 18, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 6 – 8 PM

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The First Pass Under Heaven at Zhendong Tower, Beijing, colour pigment on rag, 30 x 45 inch.

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present our summer non-member exhibition, The Irrefutable Border: China Series by artists Moez Surani and Nina Leo.

The Irrefutable Border strategically conflates personal/emotional borders with national/legal ones. The artists flatten this difference in scale, allowing them to interrogate the stature these boundaries express with a mixture of guile, candour, and dissent. The collaborating artists were invited to Shanghai to develop the China portion of the series. They were informed, however, that the Chinese government would not approve the cultural exchange visas that would allow them to undertake this work. As a response, they reconceptualized the China Series. Rather than being shot on site, this series uses archival photos to signal the imposed distance while giving imagery to charged but often unacknowledged boundaries.


Moez Surani's writing has been published internationally, including in Harper’s Magazine, The Awl, Best American Experimental Writing 2016, Best Canadian Poetry (2013 & 2014), and the Globe and Mail. He has received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which supported research in India and East Africa, and he has been an artist-in-residence in Myanmar, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Taiwan, Switzerland, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. His visual and performance works have been shown in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille, and internationally at the Cross Gallery in Taipei, the New Zero Arts Space in Yangon, and at Palazzolo Acreide’s city hall in Italy. He is the author of three poetry books: Reticent Bodies (Wolsak & Wynn, 2009), Floating Life (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012), and Operations (Bookthug, 2016), which is comprised of the names of military operations, and reveals a globe-spanning inventory of the contemporary rhetoric of violence. Most recently, he has been working on Heresies, a collaboration with Nina Leo, and a group of international perfumers, to produce a line of custom scents that operate as lyric poems and express diverse and suppressed subjectivities. Heresies was part of a winter 2018 exhibition (curated by Lisa Deanne Smith) at the Onsite Gallery in Toronto.

Nina Leo is a Canadian cross-disciplinary artist. She has shown her work in galleries and public institutions internationally, including the Beyond/ In Western N.Y. 2010 Biennial, Kunsthaus Santa Fe (Mexico), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), The Lobby Gallery (Chicago), and the New Zero Arts Space in Yangon. She has received grants from The Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council as well as the 2013 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Award for Short Prose (USA). She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Ventspils International Writers' Residency in Ventspils, Latvia. Over the past five years, her research has developed through associations with the Monell Chemical Senses Center (P.A.) and the Institute for Art and Olfaction (L.A.). She has presented and published her research in Canada and abroad. Currently, she is an assistant professor within the Sculpture/ Installation department and a member of the Graduate Studies Faculty at OCAD University in Toronto.

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