Squamish Working Papers

Title: The Squamish Working Papers
Artist: Hasan Hujairi (b. 1982, Bahrain)
Medium: Book
Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm (9 x 6 in)
Weight:  227 g (0.5 lbs)
Location: Squamish, Squamish Public Library

 

The Squamish Working Papers is a small collection of writings I created during my 2014 Vancouver Biennale Residency in Squamish, BC. The Squamish Working Papers is a response, a reaction, and a critique of how I saw myself and other visiting artists engaged in public art in Squamish and Vancouver (often in the form of installations or sculptures). At the time of the residency, I was especially sensitive to debate on how public spaces were part of local political discussion, to debate on the historical meaning of land to different communities in British Columbia, and to discussions on environmental issues. All this led me to reflect on the socio-political meaning of public space as someone from a country that witnessed the Arab Spring. The result was a small personal collection of writings. While in Squamish, I also engaged the public through workshops at the Squamish Public Library and by giving a sound art performance/lecture about his findings in Squamish.