Purloined Stories 2011 04 27

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The project The Raft of the Medusa (100 Mile House) was exhibited as part of Purloined Stories at Doris McCarthy Gallery,
University of Toronto, Scarborough

27/04/2011 - 21/05/2011

David Buchan
Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge
Jakub Dolejš
Adad Hannah
Kent Monkman
Ho Tzu Nyen

Curated by Sandy Saad.

On September 14, 2010, Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram published a photograph showing then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak preceding President Obama and three other world leaders walking through the White House, following the Mideast peace talks. The photograph passed through Egyptian media without criticism, but provoked international outrage after it was discovered to be doctored, and President Obama had been front-and-centre in the procession. After much international scrutiny, Al- Ahram newspaper’s editor-in-chief lashed out at critics claiming that the “Photoshopped” version was only meant to illustrate Egypt’s leading role in the Mideast peace process.

The practice of fabricating a reality to favour particular social and political interests has a long history. This is especially true in the art world, where artists construct portraits, worlds, and moments in history, and curators organize artworks, and construct vested narratives in museums. At a time when the world is instantaneously discovering hidden truths about leaders in power, Purloined Stories presents artists who revisit influential art historical images to question their apparent truths, and in some instances, present new or urgent contemporary perspectives.