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2022 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Justin Case: The Enemy Within

2022 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Justin Case: The Enemy Within

Announcing the Diefenbunker’s newest exhibition featuring the work of Ottawa-based artist Christos Pantieras

October 14, 2022 – February 15, 2023
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Ottawa, Ontario

The Diefenbunker’s 2022 Artist-in-Residence exhibition Justin Case: The Enemy Within features the work of Ottawa-based artist Christos Pantieras. Through a multi-layered installation and a series of reinvented propaganda posters, this exhibition explores the LGBT Purge and the resulting personal struggles of those in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Pantieras addresses the hidden and “underground” nature of homosexuality in Canada over a period that began in the 1950s during the Cold War and continued up until the mid-1990s.


Who is Justin Case and what is his truth? Civil Defence Canada’s comic fictional character Justin Case, originally a mascot to promote preparedness and safety, takes on a new life under cover.

Reimagined as a decorated RCMP Investigator, he is tasked with seeking out and dismissing queer people within Canada’s civil service and Armed Forces. The truth? Justin Case is a closeted gay man who turns double agent to secretly destroy evidence against fellow queers.

Can he save his comrades and keep his own secret?

Justin Case: The Enemy Within opens on Friday, October 14, 2022, and runs until Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Admission to the exhibition is included with general admission to the Diefenbunker.

Learn more about the exhibition and buy your tickets!
http://diefenbunker.ca/artist-in-residence/?utm_source=artlist&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=air2022

 

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