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.
Initially 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 was turned into a space reminiscent of a late 19th century parlour to visualize how interior and exterior environments are materially and psychically linked. To hear more about the exhibition visit the OMAH You Tube channel to listen to view remarks given during the virtual opening or take in a special history talk in which I further speculate on the fur trade from and animal perspective.
THANK-YOU TO THE PAUL QUARRINGTON LEGACY FUND FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS EXHIBITION.
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