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b. 1995 - Damascus, Syria
currently in Toronto

Jawa El Khash is an artist, technologist and researcher. She uses technology as a medium  to play on the poetics of the everyday nature of living in the world. Using virtual reality as a philosophical tool, the worlds she builds expand the imaginative horizons of our view of the world, and the objects, spaces and living things that occupy it. Through light diffraction, holography shows us the presence and apparition of objects in their past. Existing as a memory, the hologram challenges our perceptions of what is there and what is not. Both holography and virtual reality play on the poetics of time, space and memory and offer a new way of perceiving and sensing the world around us. Through the peripheral and ephemeral quality of these mediums, El Khash creates replicas of reality that blend the line between the invisible and the visible, the real and the simulated, the fictional and the fact.  

Solo Exhibitions

2020

The Upper Side of the Sky -  InterAccess - Toronto, Canada

2019 

The Upper Side of the Sky - Extracurricular XYZ - Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2021

Lumiere 2021 - Digital Artist Exchange - Nova Scotia, Canada

Mutek Festival - 22nd Edition - Montreal, Canada

2020

5th Istanbul Design Biennial - Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one - Pera Museum - Istanbul, Turkey

Western FrontVancouver Independent Archives Week - The Upper Side of the Sky - Vancouver, Canada

Mutek Festival - Distant Arcades - Montreal, Canada

2020 Emerging Digital Artist Exhibition -  Trinity Square Video - Toronto, Canada

The Butterfly Effect - Gallery 44 - Toronto, Canada

Residencies

2020

Lead Time Mentorship Program - Mentored by Morehshin Allahyari - Art Gallery of York University

Artist Talks & Panels

2021

Poetics of World Building - hosted by Gabriel Menotti. Presented by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in the framework of the Museum Without Walls project

2019 

Posterity & Expatriation: A Conversation Between Jawa El Khash and Dana Qaddah - Vancouver Independent Archives Week

2019 

Artist Talk & Tour for the closing of The Upper Side of The Sky - Extracurricular XYZ  - Toronto, Canada

2018 

OPEN_FILE - Panel Discussion - Extracurricular XYZ - Toronto, Canada

Workshops


2018 - present

Workshops and Seminars on Game Development, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Immersive World Building for Gallery 44, Trinity Square Video, InterAccess, Toronto Public Library and Charles Street Video

Research Assistant

2019

Research Assistant - OCAD University - Painting 360 - Veronika Szkudralek

2018

Research Assistant - PHASE Lab - OCAD & STM Holographic: Building a Pipeline from MRI Data to Next Generation Digital Holographic Printer

Intern Research Assistant - PHASE Lab - Michael Page

Press

2021

Episode XI. Media Genealogies and Haptic Geographies - by Alex Estorick and Laura U. Marks - Flash Art Magazine

Circular Logics - A national survey of artists who build worlds beyond the visible - Canadian Art

A World Where Flowers Reign - An essay by Laura U. Marks

2020

The Upper Side of The Sky - An essay by Vince Rozario

Gallery 44 - Interview with curator Heather Riggs

2019

Its Nice That - Jawa El Khash's latest work resurrects lost artefacts in a virtual afterlife

Awards

2021

Sobey Art Award - Long List

2020

Emerging Digital Artists Award - Presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video

2019

InterAccess Media Arts Award & Prize

Grants

2021

The Seed Vault - Media Artists Program - Toronto Arts Council

2020

Chronicles of an Aeronaut - Creation Grant for Visual Artists - Ontario Arts Council

Explore and Create Professional Development for Artists - Canada Council for the Arts

Hammam - Charles Street Video Media Art Creation Grant

The Butterfly Effect - Exhibition Assistance Grant for Visual Artists - Ontario Arts Council

2019

The Upper Side of the Sky - Exhibition Assistance Grant for Media Artists - Ontario Arts Council

Education

2014 - 2019

BFA, OCAD Univeristy
Integrated Media: Digital Painting & Expanded Animation

With thanks to the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts