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The Union Gallery Bookshelf Selection Project: Between Two Worlds
December 10th, 2015 to January 16th, 2016

Selected by Ramolen Laruan, BFA student, mentored by Ellyn Walker, PHD student, Cultural Studies

Between Two Worlds encompasses a selection of works by contemporary Canadian artists and art writers who grapple with the prevailing effects of colonialism in their practices. Through their self-reflexive explorations, they are able to reveal the ongoing ramifications colonialism has on individuals, cultures and communities. In particular, the varied mediums and styles that these artists work in incorporate a diverse milieu, representative of their varying cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. In presenting these distinct examples, this Bookshelf Selection seeks to establish a dialogue between notions of conformity and resistance in relation to understandings of self-identity.

—Ramolen Laruan is a student at Queen’s University and is based between Kingston and Toronto. Having grown up in the Philippines and moved to Canada at the age of 10, Ramolen’s work focuses on the intermingling of cultures and its effects on the formation of self-identity. She currently holds the role of Vice President of Union Gallery’s Board of Directors, and serves as an active member of its Selection Committee. Ramolen is currently a second-year Fine Art student, minoring in Art History.