Stan Douglas, ISDN, 2022, still from two-channel video installation.

Stan Douglas, ISDN (detail), 2022, still from two-channel video installation. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro, London and Venice, and David Zwirner, New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong

Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848

Recognized as one of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, whose multidisciplinary practice includes films, photographs and — more recently — theatre productions, Stan Douglas has continually reimagined the mediums of photography and multi-channel film and video installations. Originally featured at the 59th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia 2022 — Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848 draws a comparison between the events of 2011 and those of 1848: a year in which continent-wide upheaval found European middle and working classes allied in a fight against a lack of democratic freedoms, restrictions on the press, and the continued dominance of an aristocratic elite.

Installed at two separate venues during the Venice Biennale, Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848 was combined into a single exhibition for its cross-Canada tour. Its presentation at the National Gallery of Canada follows acclaimed runs at The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver, and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.

This exhibition is presented as a partnership between the National Gallery of Canada, Remai Modern, and The Polygon Gallery.


Until October 2024


National Gallery of Canada
Contemporary Galleries
B106, B107
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Presented in Partnership With

Royal Bank of Canada


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Stan Douglas : 2011 ≠ 1848 Catalogue.

The Catalogue

The stunning 288-page illustrated catalogue, published in English, French and Arabic, features some 100 full-colour detailed images that meticulously capture behind-the-scenes views of Douglas’ elaborate productions. Essays by leading international cultural thinkers examine the artist’s work in relation to music, political economy, contemporary media theory and the rise of Grime and Mahraganat.

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