Eman Haram Aaron Pollard Oumm-aah أمّاه – Elegy for the beloved Motherland

Date(s): Jan 30 to Mar 12 2015

Location: Small Room


E. Haram, 2013

Saturday, January 30 at 5 pm

The arabic expression أمّاه (pronounced Oumm-aah) resists precise translation. Literally, it is a call to mother, however its usage can expand to a call to the homeland, and to the earth.

Using a process of digital layering both in a technical and metaphorical sense, the artist treats the photographic image as a repository for personal, collective and universal consciousness. In this light, Haram’s work becomes an homage to a culture, people and land under a decades-long siege. Moreover it is a sweeping tribute to the anguished call of mothers, children and the earth itself. In a spiritual leap, she converts the four walls of the room into a sanctuary.

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E. Haram, 2013

Eman Haram is an interdisciplinary artist of many countries and identities. Palestinian by lineage, Damascene by birth, Lebanese by symbiosis of having spent nearly twenty years of her life in the profligate city called Beirut, Jordanian by a stroke of fate, and Canadian by naturalization. After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies in architecture and art history in the United States, where she lived and worked in numerous cities for more than two decades, she relocated to Canada in 2001 and is currently living in the vast space between Montreal and Amman.


Aaron Pollard is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal who has been producing and presenting video art and multimedia performances since the early 1990s. His works have been shown in Canada and abroad. He studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Concordia University, where he completed an MFA. He is the co-founder of 2boys.tv as well as researcher and head of OBORO’s multimedia sector.