Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner: Where We Stand

Latcham Art Centre’s spring exhibit, Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner: Where We Stand, will be on display from May 16 to June 29.

The past, present and future collide in the collaborative work of Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner, where the overlooked and ignored histories of transatlantic slavery in Canada are revealed.

The artists work with historical documents from the archive to shed light on this dark past as a means to educate and create a better future. The WANTED series consists of 10 large-scale photographs that respond to runaway advertisements posted by Canadian slave owners in late 18th century newspapers.

These interdisciplinary works where performance, photography and the archive meet, transform the descriptive texts of humans as property into contemporary fashion ads presenting a fresh and empowered lens in which to look back and ahead.

These powerful images will accompany the video installation, Family Matters, a work that also plays with time travel, reimaging the story of an enslaved mother and son who were offered for sale in an 1806 Upper Canada Gazette advertisement.

This exhibition continues Latcham Art Centre’s ongoing commitment to provide a voice for artists born outside of Canada, whose work explores the ideas and experiences of multiculturalism in this country.

The opening reception takes place May 16 from 7 to 9 pm with the artist remarks begin at 7:30 pm.

Visit www.latchamartcentre.ca for more information.

Photo: Camal Pirbhai and Camille Turner: Where We Stand exhibit will be on display from May 16 to June 29 at the Latcham Art Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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