The glazed Italian text is fired onto bisque porcelain tile which is a fragment remaining from a larger tile which had been cut to size for an earlier project.
Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist based in London, Ontario, Canada. She has also coordinated cultural programs, including Orientalism and Ephemera, a national touring exhibition, originally presented at Art Metropole, Toronto and most recently Dar’a/Full Circle for Artcite Inc. Windsor, ON. (2017). Her works are in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Museum London, London, Ontario, The University of Western Ontario, the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia and the New Museum, New York, NY. She was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, (2001).
Jamelie Hassan has worked over the decades with the medium of ceramics ranging in scale from postcard-size works, to ceramic books to large ceramic murals, benches and installations. She has worked in mixed media formats, as well, which combined ceramics with a range of various materials and in unconventional methods to expand the context for the medium of clay within contemporary art practice.
The glazed text on the Italian porcelain tile is based on the actual masthead of the newspaper l’Unità which was founded in Rome in 1924 by Antonio Gramsci, (1891-1937) the widely celebrated Marxist and Italian intellectual. He was arrested and imprisoned by the Italian Fascist regime in 1926.