KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED, HOW TO SUFFER POLITELY AND OTHER ETIQUETTE. IMAGE COURTESY TRANSMISSION GALLERY, GLASGOW, 2016
Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC - To Mar 17, 2019
Issues of Black subjectivity preoccupy this American artist, whose text installations are on view in the CAG’s Nelson Street windows and o -site at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line station. Whether employing large, black, machine-made letters on a bright yellow ground or handcrafted letters in black and white against a soft pink backdrop, Rasheed uses words to address social justice issues and challenge viewers’ complacency. Her language is often an arresting blend of irony and ambiguity.