Oliver Husain

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Garden of the Legend of THE GOLDEN SNAIL

One day a poor old widow, who always fished along the river, found a beautiful golden snail and took it to her hut. She kept it in a jar and took good care of it. Coming back from fishing the next day she found the house miraculously clean and delicious food and new sources of protein on her table. This happened the next day again, and the day after. To find out who did all this labour, the old woman did not go fishing in the morning, but waited behind the wall and peeped through a hole. She waited and waited. Later, the poor old widow found her rice fields bare and her plate empty and her mind was reeling. Little did she know that the golden snail was actually a beautiful princess who turned into the largest IMAX theatre in the world. 

Artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain is based in Toronto, Canada. Husain’s projects often begin with fragment of history, a rumour, a personal encounter or a distant memory. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual pleasures — such as dance, puppetry, costume, special effects — to animate his research and charm or fold the viewers into complex narrative set-ups.  His most recent solo exhibition took place at Gallery TPW, Toronto, and at Western Front, Vancouver, in 2016. Husain has participated in numerous international exhibitions and film festivals including: Forum Expanded, Berlinale Film Festival, 2017; Kunstverein Nürnberg, 2017; in:future Ontario Place, 2016; and at Experimenta Film Festival, Bangalore, 2017.

His work is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery.