The “Emergence and Rebirth” Exhibition explores how people and spaces emerge from emotional, physical, and spiritual hibernation to pass into change. This transformation from silent quietude to life and colour is catalogued by each of the artists through multiple media: painting, drawing, and everything in between.
In this show, the artists matter just as much as the works. This artistic story-telling showcases the voices of Indigenous, Canadian, and International artists, in dialogue around this common theme. We want to explore the personal and political stories, and everything in between.
The collection addresses human seasons from many voices, and attempts to show the cycles of solitude, of loss, of recovery into a period of creation, birth, and activity from multiple human narratives. In this show, the artists matter just as much as the works. This artistic story-telling intentionally showcases the voices of Indigenous, Canadian, and International artists, in dialogue around this common theme. Therefore personal and political stories shape some of this story telling.
For example, following the release of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation report, long-dormant and silenced Indigenous voices emerge into the light and parallel all that we create. Concepts of being Canadian are now becoming disrupted and gaps in collective knowledge about the land we live in are swelling with truth and illumination. The genocide of Indigenous peoples becomes an emerging truth – a constant backdrop against all that we say, do, and create here in Canada. A light is being cast on traditional knowledge and truths that have been systematically hidden in the shadows, and this matters to each of us as artists creating in this land. As these truths are being revealed we enter a new cycle of healing; we study our relationship to the past and present, and navigate our complex identities as a means of transforming the future. As indigenous and non-indigenous artists, this is landscape that sets the stage for our theme, Emergence and Rebirth.
Some images from the show: