Public Reception for Nature as Communities and From the Vault: Human/Nature

Dalhousie Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to the reception for Nature as Communities, curated by Jennifer Yakamovich, and From the Vault: Human/Nature, curated by Michele Gallant. The curators and some of the participating artists will be present, with opening remarks around 5:30 pm, for which ASL interpretation will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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About the Exhibitions:

Nature as Communities
3 MAY TO 14 JULY
Curated by Jennifer Yakamovich

Diyan Achjadi, PA System & Embassy of Imagination (Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson, and youth collaborators: David Pudlat, Moe Kelly, Christine Adamie, Nathan Adla, Lachaolasie Akesuk), Ayoka Junaid, Becoming Sensor (Ayelen Liberona and Natasha Myers, with sound composer Allison Cameron), Sandra Semchuk, Jay White and Jennifer Schine

From speculative fictions to art as storytelling; from indigenous-settler relationships to the “wider-than-human”; from land-based practices to the “Planthropocene”, Nature as Communities considers how artists across Canada are reimagining our understanding of environment by listening and attending to place. Through situated knowledges and explorations of ancestry, memory, history, and mythology, these artists suggest how place-responsive works can encourage a re-thinking, re-imaging, and re-sounding of more sustainable and livable futures.

Drawing from environmental justice theorist Giovanna di Chiro’s idea of nature as community, the exhibition points to artistic investigations into notions of nature, culture, and place from within Canada’s multiple geographies. In these works, Environment becomes environments: multiple and varied, and culturally, biotically, geographically, and epistemically situated. Knit together by the threads of a consciousness that recognizes the confluence of environment, sustainability, and social justice, Nature as Communities helps us to see the connections between climate and cultural change. Incorporating sound, video projections, and other means to re-populate emptied landscapes while exploring political ecologies of place, power, and responsibility, these works are an invitation to reflect on questions of accountability to both human and non-human generations of the future–as well as to those of the past and present.

Nature as Communities is curated by Jennifer Yakamovich, Master of Environmental Studies candidate in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, in collaboration with Dalhousie Art Gallery staff.

 

From the Vault: Human/Nature
3 MAY TO 14 JULY
Curated by Michele Gallant

This year’s From the Vault exhibition augments the explorations of environment and sustainability presented in Nature as Communities, and features photography-based works from the Gallery’s permanent collection that probe various points of intersection between nature and our human natures.

By definition, landscape–the features of a region or area of land that are visible–implies the presence of a spectator, and establishes a relationship, however fleeting, between person and place. Through the photographic lenses of the artists in this exhibition, these transitory moments become documented landscapes that each tell a story: of dynamic biological ecologies; of integration and disintegration as people make and mark their existence; of the spectator who frames the view. David Morrish’s photogravure portraits of trees caught in the contested turf of urban sylviculture, and Lorraine Gilbert’s portraits of tree planters valiantly working in logged clearcuts to repopulate the next generation of timber remind us that the slant of the transgression depends on what side of the fence you’re on. Heather MacLeod’s vistas include a built feature, such as a picnic table or a stone wall, situating a human experience–spiritual, aesthetic, recreational–within an unpopulated landscape. In Susan McEachern’s trees and water series, text overlaid on photographs of dense forest waterways reveals evolving views on the “natural world”: from being “simply a refuge”, to becoming a locus of privilege and personal challenge; and finally as a catalyst for personal growth and self awareness.

Category

Exhibits and Displays

Time

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Location

Dalhousie Art Gallery

Cost

Free

Additional Information

ACCESSIBILITY: Dalhousie Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible by elevator through the main entrance, 6101 University Avenue. Although there is no parking on University Avenue, there is 3 hour - metered accessibility parking around the corner on Seymour Street. The second floor (above the gallery) has a gender-neutral, single-occupancy, wheelchair accessible washroom with a change table.

Contact

902-494-2403 or gallery@dal.ca