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Formerly Exit Five Opens Friday

Please join us Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm for the opening reception of the exhibition Formerly Exit Five: Portable Monuments to Recent History. The exhibition is curated by Shauna McCabe, Executive Director of the Textile Museum of Canada, and organized and circulated by the Kenderdine Art Gallery. The exhibition includes works in paint, photography, and video by 11 prominent contemporary artists. Shauna McCabe will be in attendance. The event is free and everyone is welcome to join us.

Formerly Exit Five: Portable Monuments to Recent History
January 11 – April 28, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Curated by Shauna McCabe


About the Exhibition

While place and history retain currency, landscapes are defined by increasingly fluid understandings of location, memory, and identity. The modern rise of what Marc Augé described as the “non-place” is not only reflected in processes like urban sprawl and the erosion of geographic particularities, but also increasingly accelerated and condensed cycles of landscape transformation and, sometimes, erasure. Undermining traditional bases for collective meaning and identification, the possibility for indelible markers of memory has given way to temporary reference points – the “just past” of the present – and vague terrains bearing no trace of the past at all.

The artists in Formerly Exit Five all start from a concern with understanding the composition of changing experiences of time and space as they have glimpsed and encountered them in everyday spaces. Responding from a variety of international and Canadian sites in a wide range of media including sound and video installations, photography, sculpture, painting, and drawing, they have sought to grasp the workings of contemporary cultural memory, considering the kinds of commemoration that could capture the persistence of the past in the present, and the meaning of what remains.



Vahram Aghasyan

Michael Alstad

Cyprien Gaillard

Sara Graham

Paul Griffin

Isabelle Hayeur

Craig Leonard

Andrew King & Angela Silver

David Rokeby

Denyse Thomasos


Organized and circulated by Kenderdine Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Sask Culture and special project assistance of the Artists and Community Collaboration Program.