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Carmen Papalia
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Carmen Papalia
Exhibitions & installations Visual Arts

Opening reception: June 22, 2017, 5:30 pm

In 2015, Vancouver-based social practice artist Carmen Papalia produced Open Access, a conceptual work that addresses the failures he experienced as a recipient of institutional support services. Through Open Access, Papalia offers a critique of the common, policy-based model for accessibility, which he found was prescriptive and marginalizing by design. This exhibition explores the movement that coalesced after Papalia and a group of artists and activists from Gallery Gachet conducted an unsolicited accessibility audit of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG).

As part of Papalia’s movement-building campaign for Open Access, the exhibition focuses on various points in Papalia’s process of developing, practising, and finding a community for a new, relational model for accessibility.

Open Access: A Demonstration highlights documentation, objects, and ephemera from Papalia’s practice-based research on the topic of organizing for accessibility and mutual aid.

Don’t miss Papalia’s two performative art pieces for Canada Scene: March for a New Accessibility on June 25, and White Cane Amplified on June 26 – both starting at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex.

Presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery in partnership with the NAC's Canada Scene.

Carmen Papalia


  • Artist Carmen Papalia
  • Curated by Stephanie Nadeau, OAG