The Neighbour's Plate


Derya Akay
Amna Elnour
Dana Qaddah


28 November 2020 to 17 January 2021

Unit 17 is thrilled to announce The Neighbour’s Plate, a group exhibition of artworks by Derya Akay, Amna Elnour and Dana Qaddah.

 

The exhibition consists of a collaborative installation, poster and food projects initiated throughout the course of the exhibition. 

menu (available for takeout):

Coffee

Tea
 

Baskot w raha

Candied chestnut

Candied pumpkin

Ma’amoul

Rosemary shortbread

Tahini halva

Tahini molasses

 

Bastourma and eggs

Duck carbonara

Pickled beets

 

*daily specials*

Derya Akay (b. 1988) is an artist living in Vancouver. Selected solo exhibitions include with bread,, Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017; Pumice, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, 2017; Painting with Light, Kunstverein Toronto, 2015 and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Supper, Centre A, Vancouver, 2014. Selected group exhibitions include The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit, Lulu, Mexico City, 2018; HERE, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017 and Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016. Akay will present a solo exhibition at Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver) in May 2021.

 

Amna Elnour (b. 1994) is an artist and writer who was most recently based in the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam nations. Her practice explores relations among the ephemeral, shapeshifting, and the effects of deterritorialization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. She has hosted a PDF based book club at Duplex, and contributed to NuZi Collective’s Wrong Wave zine, as well as participated in the group exhibitions Now Now Wow at the Audain Art Centre and Body Body Party Party at The Hatch Gallery (all Vancouver). Upcoming projects include Tip of Your Tongue, a conceptual cook book combining recipes with lyrical prose and poetry, and a contribution to UNIT/PITT’s upcoming quarantine cookbook.


Dana Qaddah (b. 1996, Beirut, Lebanon) is a third generation expatriate, artist and organizer based on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam nations. Qaddah’s interdisciplinary practice draws upon the condition of generational displacement, being abstracted from the destruction of one’s own sense of self, place, and home. Qaddah completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2019. In 2018, Qaddah participated in Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute II: BUSH gallery. The following year, Qaddah was invited to be the writer in residence at Access Gallery’s PLOT space, and is currently one of the artists in residence at the Media Arts Committee’s sound art program. Qaddah is presenting a concurrent solo exhibition titled Vessel(s) through which at Libby Leshgold Gallery (Vancouver) which continues until 17 January 2021.

The Neighbour's Plate would like to acknowledge the support of the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17 with Dana Qaddah, Red Bull (as serving station), 2020

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17 with bastourma and eggs & tahini molasses

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17 with candied chestnutspickled beets & mint tea

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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Candied pumpkin (non-vegan)

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Duck carbonara & rosemary shortbread 

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17 with Amna Elnour

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The Neighbour's Plate, detail view with Amna Elnour

The Neighbour's Plate, detail view with Amna Elnour, cured duck

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view with Amna Elnour, Bastourma & cured duck

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Dana Qaddah, Itinerant Sentiments series, 2020

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Dana Qaddah, Land of Olive Trees (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, olive tree leaves, plastic flower parts, Palestinian-style embroidered coaster, olive oil box clipping which reads "from the tree to the stone, always retaining the flavour of nature," 25 x 19.25cm

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Dana Qaddah, Baklawa Bouquet (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, flower tea, tissue box, plastic bag, 25 x 19.75cm

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Dana Qaddah, Gastro-shelled (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, pistachio shells, pistachio packaging, inkjet print, 25 x 20cm

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Dana Qaddah, Shells, seeds and in-betweens (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, white pumpkin seeds, ​pistachio skin, plastic bag, Damascene fabric, inkjet print, 24 x 20cm

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Dana Qaddah, Neighbour in good will (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, tissue box, flower tea, inkjet print, 25 x 19.7cm

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Dana Qaddah, Flowers (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, flower tea, plastic bag, pistachio shells, inkjet print, plastic flower parts,

25 x 19.25

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Dana Qaddah, Yahya: Syrian Made (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, pistachio shells, Damascene fabric, plastic packaging,

25 x 20cm

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Dana Qaddah, Subhiyeh (morning visit) (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, sunflower seeds, paper cup, tissue box, inkjet print,

24.7 x 20cm

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Dana Qaddah, Damascene (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, Damascene fabric, plastic bag, inkjet print, pistachio shells, plastic flower parts, 25 x 20cm

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Dana Qaddah, Packaging (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, plastic bag, nuts packaging, inkjet print,  25 x 19.5cm

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Dana Qaddah, To Mecca (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, burnt pistachio, inkjet print, Ramadan calendar clipping, 24.5 x 19.8cm

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Dana Qaddah, Dukkaneh (corner store) (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020, Damascene fabric, pistachio shells, inkjet print, construction tape, plastic sleeve, 35 x 35cm

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Dana Qaddah, Dukkaneh (corner store) (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020

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Dana Qaddah, Dukkaneh (corner store) (Itinerant Sentiments series), 2020

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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Dana Qaddah, Ma'amoul Tray, 2020, air-dried clay, aluminum tray, cardboard boxes, dimensions variable 

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17

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The Neighbour's Plate, installation view Unit 17