December 5, 2011 (Calgary, Alberta) - As more and more people move around the globe, the issue of im/migration is more important than ever at the local, national and geopolitical levels. In spite of people’s increased mobility, many countries are becoming less willing to welcome new im/migrants. Canada remains an exception, a shining example of openness, diversity and democratic pluralism. Even so, everyone who im/migrates to or within Canada has unsettling experiences as he or she settles into a new city, town or landscape, and encounters new people and cultures. What one expects to find and what one actually finds are often quite different.
Migrating Landscapes Exhibition
December 8 - 17, 2011 | Room 371 | Alberta College of Art + Design
Opening Reception Wednesday December 7, 2011 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Opening Remarks in the Main Mall at 7:00pm
Presented by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery
Migrating Landscapes was selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. It is organized and curated by Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon (University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture), who joined together for this project to form a new entity: the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO). MLO has invited, through a national competition, young Canadian architects and designers to create videos and design ‘dwellings’ based on their cultural memories. The resulting exhibition is an enactment of ‘settling-unsettling’, with the videos and dwellings discussing various forms of migrated memories as they are ‘settled-unsettled’ into a modular, wooden ‘new landscape’.
The work will be exhibited in Regional Exhibitions in seven cities across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Local juries will select winners of each Regional Exhibition, who will advance to the National Final Exhibition in Winnipeg in spring 2012. National winners, together with MLO, will represent Canada in Venice as a young, architectural “Team Canada”.
The exhibition at the Alberta College of Art + Design is the second in a series of Regional Exhibitions, and will include entries selected from Alberta to compete for showing at the National Exhibition, and potentially at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. During the opening reception of the ACAD exhibition a representative from Migrating Landscapes will discuss the competition, the Venice project, and how things are progressing.
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For more information or to arrange an interview:
Assistant Curator, Illingworth Kerr Gallery