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Alma Haser offers Cosmic Surgery for the SPAO Centre’s International Artists Series
6:00 PM on Friday Sep. 20th, 2019
SPAO Centre Gallery, 77 Pamilla St.

On-View: July 19 - September 21, 2019
Closing Event: Friday, September 20, 2019
Panel Discussion: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Reception: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ottawa, Canada: The SPAO Centre Gallery (77 Pamilla St.) is honoured to present Cosmic Surgery by German-born Alma Haser from July 19 to September 21, 2019. This is the first exhibition in Ottawa to feature the acclaimed London-based artist. Expanding the dimensions of traditional portrait photography, Haser uses inventive paper-folding techniques, collage and mixed media to create layers of intrigue around her photographic subjects. With Cosmic Surgery she creates portraits of futuristic beings that blur the distinctions between two-dimensional and three-dimensional imagery.

The SPAO Centre gratefully acknowledges the German Embassy in Ottawa’s partnership in the presentation of a panel discussion and a closing reception with the artist in attendance on Friday 20, September 2019.

Alma Haser was born in 1989 into an artistic family in the Black Forest, Germany, and is now based in London and on the southeast coast of England. Known for her complex and meticulously constructed portraiture, she has won many awards for her work, including Magenta Foundation's Bright Spark Award in 2013 for her Cosmic Surgery series. Her work has been presented worldwide, with recent exhibitions including From Selfie to Self-Expression at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2017.

Hours of operation
The Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm, or by appointment. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

The SPAO Centre is home to the Ottawa region's only independent and critical gallery space dedicated to photographic and video art. Gallery programming includes the exhibition of photographic and video art work by emerging and established artists, working locally, nationally and internationally.