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Celebrating the Kite for Peace

April 13, 2016

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Celebrating many meanings of peace in today’s fractured society, the Kite for Peace now flies high at Concordia.

This collaborative artwork was created for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts February 2016 Nuit Blanche event, Re-Imagine: Constructing Peace Interventions, by graduate students in the Department of Art Education and more than fifty visitors.

On display in the 2nd floor Junction of the EV Building until September, the Kite for Peace is decorated with visitors’ wishes for peace, inspired by their student-led visit to the museum’s galleries. The piece created as part of a special intensive graduate course, ARTE 660/850 Nuit Blanche at the Museum, which kickstarts the Department of Art Education’s collaborations with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under a new Concordia University partnership. Working experientially within the museum, Art Education graduate students are exploring links between theory and practice, creating events and artist interventions including an upcoming Peace Walk for the new Hornstein Pavilion of Peace.

The Kite for Peace project is showcased in this 5-minute video by graduate student Amina Jalabi about the making of the kite.

Artists and project participants include Ann-Lisa Kissi, Amina Jalabi, BJ McCarville, Christine Suarez, Claudia Laurin, Emanuelle  Dufour, Emma Harake, Jacob Le Gallais, Julie Etheridge, Lea Kabiljo, Leigh Cline, Luminita Paun, Melissa Tamporello, Sergio Lugo, Tal-Or Ben-Choreen, and course instructor Kathleen Vaughan.

The course was made possible by Curriculum Innovation Funding and other financial support from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, Concordia University.

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Image credits: Kite for Peace (2016), a collaborative artwork taking the form of a box kite, paint, ink and textile appliqué on muslin over a wooden frame, 72 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches, plus textile assemblage tail. Photos by Kathleen Vaughan.

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