The Centre for All Canadians

Land is not a mat to be rolled up and taken away

Land is not a mat to be rolled up and taken away is an invitation to contemplate the ways in which we, members of human and nonhuman collectives, relate to each other and to the land. Presenting new and recent sculptures and videos by the artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, the exhibition immerses visitors – body, mind, and soul – in a rich, multicolored realm where objects, images, texts, sounds, and ideas reveal the magnitude of our kinship with all of earth’s inhabitants, challenging us to critically reassess our shared history and to imagine our fate with care.

The exhibition is organized by curator Sylvie Fortin. This project was initiated with the support of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, in 2019, and reimagined for its presentation at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Photo credit: Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Movement of Spot and Futures Market Prices for Agricultural Commodities (2005-2012) from the series Futures, 2019. Wood and ink; 72 x 24 x 23 cm. Photo: H&S.


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