Avenue Road Arts School

Portraits in Exile

Pieces by ARAS instructor Sadko Hadzihasanovic are featured alongside the work of Bernard Gamoy at the Galerie d’art d’Outremont (41 Avenue Saint-Just) in Montreal until April 24.

Bernard Gamoy and Sadko Hadzihasanovic, preferring drawing and figurative painting, have for many years observed the increasingly present impact of globalization on various minority groups, either by money or uniformity of thought.

A native of the former Yugoslavia, Sadko Hadzihasanovic is interested in building the identity of the new generation of the Balkans. He focuses on certain minority groups on the margins of mainstream society, using photos or sketches taken from life in meetings with Gypsies (Young Romi) or young hunters (Hunter & Hunted), unemployed and living on the edge of large cities, resulting in a gallery of portraits full of humor and irony, which open a window to the tumultuous past of these young people left behind.

Hadzihasanovic’s pictorial approach uses a subtlety that asks the viewer to go beyond a first impression of ‘Non Finito’ (aesthetic of the unfinished). A closer reading of the portraits reveals the artistic complexity and depth of sociological thought of the artist.

Sadko Hadzihasanovic has lived and worked in Toronto since 1993. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in Bosnia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Belgrade. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, particularly in Serbia, and has received several grants from the Arts Council of Canada and the Toronto Arts Council, including a support grant for the production of his latest series, Hunter & Hunted.

His works are part of collections of various Canadian and foreign museums.

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