Carry Forward // Guest Curated by Lisa Myers
September 29, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Featuring work by Maria Thereza Alves, Marjorie Beaucage, Deanna Bowen, Dana Claxton, Brenda Draney, John Hampton, Jamelie Hassan, Mike MacDonald, Nadia Myre, Krista Belle Stewart and Maika’i Tubbs.
The term “carry forward” suggests passing or transferring something on to the next generation, yet also refers to taking account of gains and loss. As a curator and artist, I have approached Carry Forward as a way to think about value outside of the paradigm of things, and to consider how different forms of value, beyond capital or monetary, circulate among past and future generations. Some values can be traced through records and paperwork, yet others are elusive, sustained in fragments, memories, stories, knowledge, and place. Lived experience, carries forward.
This exhibition brings together artworks that engage with, question, and re-form the authority and authenticity of documents and documentation. Through painting, documentary, installation, video, and photography, artists examine historical texts, photographs or imagery, and lend emphasis to absence, omission, or the redaction of detail. Their works reveal the biases of dominant ideologies enshrined in documents such as contracts, petitions, laws and treaties, and shed light on the nuances of specific moments in history.