UNFURLED: Unsettling the Archive From a More-than-Human Perspective
An extension of previous research into the ecological, social and psychological shadows of today’s global textile industry, Unfurled is a an exhibition that speculates on how animals might choose to engage with, frame, label and question the colonial histories of the North American Fur Trade and material objects held within the archives of Canadian museums.
Drawing out narratives based on animals hunted and exchanged as part of early economic imperialism, the installation utilizes objects and materials held in historical collections, the larger archive of consumerist culture, and word play to allude to how the mass killing of animals led to the material wealth of their prime predators, early European traders and colonial settlers.
Currently installed at the Orillia Museum of Art and History due to the importance of the Atherley Narrows, a site that became a key site of cultural and capital exchange that led to the eventual formation of Orillia as a European settlement in 1840, the Carmichael Gallery has been turned into a living space reminiscent of a late 19th century parlour to visualize how interior and exterior environments are materially and psychically linked.
THANK-YOU TO THE PAUL QUARRINGTON LEGACY FUND FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS EXHIBITION.
Disclaimer: No animals were hurt or killed for the production of this exhibition.