Opening Reception | Carry Forward | Rodman Hall
Curated by Lisa Myers
Organized and circulated by Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Maria Thereza Alves, Marjorie Beaucage, Deanna Bowen, Dana Claxton, Brenda Draney, John Hampton, Jamelie Hassan, Mike MacDonald, Nadia Myre, Krista Belle Stewart, Maika’i Tubbs
May 25 to September 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 24, 7 pm
Remarks and exhibition tour with Lisa Myers, 7:30 pm
Documents, such as contracts and treaties, are officiated in the stasis of printed word, indicating sociopolitical biases and attitudes of a specific moment. The complex history of documentation through film and photography entangle power relations or trouble how we separate authenticity from fiction; the colonial gaze from the Other; and propaganda from ideology. As a form of “official” information, they reveal not only that which is deemed worthy of public record, but also the relationship between those on either side of the camera. “Carry Forward” will convene artworks that propose different modes of understanding how realities are registered, contested, and even fabricated within the framework of an archive.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. She grew up in southern Ontario and is of Anishinaabe ancestry from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nations. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Her current research focuses on both media art and concepts of value related to the life of materials and techniques passed on through generations. She has curated exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, The Robert
McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and the York Quay Centre at Harbourfront in Toronto. Her writing has been published in Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. Myers is an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She is based in Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario.
This project is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council’s Aboriginal Curatorial Projects grant, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation – The Musagetes Fund, and the Allan MacKay Curatorial Endowment Fund, established by the Musagetes Arts and Culture Fund, held at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.
Image: Krista Belle Stewart, “Sim – real / very” (detail), 2015. Jacquard weaving, mailing tube, dimensions variable.
Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Photo: Robert McNair.
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