Union Gallery Vitrine Project
June 17 - September 5, 2017 | Explorations of Histories and Representation
Curated by Miranda Ramnares
Located just outside the gallery - stop by any time of the day
Selections from Explorations of Histories and Representation
This exhibit is a selection of catalogues produced by the Union Gallery from 2007 to 2016. The selected exhibitions examined identity within the larger structure of history and representation; by questioning these ascribed notions, reimagining them, invoking them, or parodying the, these artists present a critical view of the past and present, asking us to face difficult but necessary questions about the world around us and the roles we occupy within it.
Kent Monkman’s Theatre de Cristal examines the artistic canon’s treatment of indigenous people and reimagines indigenous representation as it relates to his identity and to Canadian art history.
Emily Jan’s After the Hunt observes the role of nature within a capitalist, colonial state. Her work reinterprets the genre of the still life, critiquing the role it played in establishing and supporting oppressive systems of power.
In Allyson Mitchell’s Brain Child, the role of women in society is explored through a feminist lens, questioning the role of global power structures and consumerism in a patriarchal society.
Auriane Sokolosky further examines these power structures, through her imagining of the institution of marriage. In Made in Taiwan she poses important questions about the role and representation of women in marriage on a global scale.
The show Abject Nature, presented by Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby examines our relationship with land and the environment through the lens of popular culture. They observe the way that nature is performed and managed to produce, manipulate and reduce land into a consumable product.
Erin Finley’s Daisy Chain examines the role of women within popular culture and society. Her work highlights the performance and construction of the body, particularly the female body, and the politics and perceptions which surround it.
Miranda Ramnares is currently a summer student intern at the Union Gallery and a student at Queen’s University studying Art History and Film & Media. Her research interests include indigenous visual art and feminist theory in film. She has produced short films for the Queen’s Focus Film Festival in 2016 and 2017. Published writing includes A Conversation with Dylan Robinson in Syphon (Fall 2016), a publication of the Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre.