• Artist: Jordan Bennett
  • Medium: Sculptural Installation
  • Project Type: Queens and Kings of Scarborough
  • Curator: Ashley McKenzie-Barnes
  • Neighbourhood: Scarborough

A new sculptural work by an award-winning artist reflects on Mi’kmaq visual culture to depict narratives around land, home and our place in the universe.

Location

Albert Campbell Square, Galleria Level

  • Address: 290 Borough Dr.
    Outside Scarborough Town Centre RT Station
  • Physical Access: Fully barrier-free and wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
  • Content: Family friendly

The Project

For this site-specific installation, a series of hanging fabric works will be suspended over a busy public space. Some of the elements will be inspired by common road signs and their everyday material. Other elements will tell of a place, a marker, a law or a direction as embedded in Mi’kmaq visual culture. Viewers will be able to read stories from any entry point, following shape, colour and form to experience narratives of land, home and our place in the universe. By navigating the space, visitors will visually rearrange images to create unique and multi-dimensional experiences from any angle. And just as approaches to stories in this installation will change, the installation itself will adapt to the ever-changing weather conditions in a Scarborough courtyard. Stories don’t just have to be told in just one way; these tales, like storytellers themselves, can adapt to different conditions.

Extended Project Details: This project will be on view until October 14th, open 24/7.

The Artist

Jordan Bennett is a multidisciplinary visual artist who lives and works on his ancestral territory, Mi’kma’ki, in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia. Bennett has participated in over 80 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has received several awards and honours, most notably having been shortlisted for the 2018 Sobey Art Award.