Gallery Exhibition Schedule
|Emily Neufeld - Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby
August 22 - October 18, 2020
Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby is a solo exhibition of photographs and sculptures culminating from Emily Neufeld’s exploration of abandoned farmhouse dotting the Canadian Prairies. Settler migrant farmers who came in waves during the 1800's built the homes and form part of the complex history of colonization in Canada.
Neufeld’s practice focuses on place, examining human traces within the domestic environment. Growing up on the Canadian Prairies, a descendant of Mennonites, her interest lies in the relationships between the environment and the people who inhabit it and the influence each has on the other. Over the last two years Neufeld has visited and photographed a dozen of these empty houses, where the work takes on a performative aspect. Once in the structures, she considers the history of the inhabitants, the building with its contents, and performs interventions — creating sculptures from the various materials found within the homes and yards. These are photographed and left with the house, to follow the same fate as the deserted structure. Neufeld likens the interventions to ‘funerary rites’, a final acknowledgement of the synthesis between people and the place they occupied.
Please note as per current COVID-19 guidelines a limited number of visitors will be allowed to enter the exhibition at one time. Click here for more details.