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COLLEGE ART GALLERY 2 PAST EXHIBITIONS

AKBAR NAZEMI, UNSENT DISPATCHES FROM THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION 1978-1979

Nov 10, 2005 - Jan 8, 2006
Co-Curated by Bill Jeffries & Pantea Haghighi

Akbar Nazemi was a young photographer studying in Dusseldorf when the Iranian Revolution began in June 1978. He returned to Tehran immediately and spent the next eight months recording the daily street scenes of the revolution. The images document the reaction to twenty-five years of rule by The Shah of Iran, as well as the first mass demonstration of the rise of militant Islam. The negatives were smuggled out of Tehran in the 1980's. Akbar Nazemi lives in Vancouver.


BILL BURNS, SAFTEY GEAR FOR SMALL ANIMALS

Sep 6 - Oct 30, 2005
Curated by Annette Hurtig

Toronto-based artist Bill Burns looks out for the little guy… from safety glasses for protecting the white-footed mouse; to Italian mineral water for the masked puddle frog; to life insurance and annuities for eleven species of fauna on five continents.

These protective offerings are from Safety Gear for Small Animals, "the largest safety gear for small animals producer in the world." Bill Burns is the Director of the company which includes several divisions: safety gear prototype production, conservation and relocation, a multi-media programme, a toll-free telephone service, a prosthetics programme, a modest publishing house and an itinerant museum.

Safety Gear for Small Animals is about animal rescue, relocation and rehabilitation. It presents a survey of Burns' work over the past 10 years. Currently touring across Canada and into the United States, the exhibition opens September 5th at College Building, Lower Gallery.

Using the conventions of a traditional natural history museum, Burns humorously combines his tiny rescue and safety items for endangered animals with helpful information that guides viewers through the exhibition. Speaking about the Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals, Burns comments "The museum is central to our mission. Its renowned collection is made up of nineteen pieces of scale model safety and rescue gear. The total weight of the safety gear collection is 944 grams…There are 2,750 machine stitches and 234 hand stitches in the museum's safety gear collection." Publications by Safety Gear for Small Animals include titles like 'How to Help Animals Escape from Natural History' and 'How to Help Animals Escape from Degraded Habitats.'

Beneath the appeal of the miniscule safety vests, work gloves, bulletproof vests, U.V. goggles and respirators developed for our furry friends, lies a frightening warning about our stewardship of the environment.