La La Lands are imaginary spaces where belonging doesn’t need to be continually negotiated and anything is possible. Hanny Al Khoury grew up in Catholic household in Palestine. His La La Lands are dreamscapes free of the traumas caused by the complexities of this intersectional identity. La La Lands is an imaginary place where traumas have been purged and exorcized. Although the forms and objects represent stories and events from the artist’s life, their abstracted nature means that anyone can see things relevant to their own personal journeys.
Hanny Al Khoury: La La Lands is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, curated by Lindsey Sharman and presented in the RBC New Works Gallery. With the support of RBC Foundation, the RBC New Works Gallery was created to support the Art Gallery of Alberta’s commitment to promoting Alberta’s emerging artists.