“The work of Rebecca Belmore interrogates usual configurations of location, unmasking imagined relationships to nature and filling the abstractions of identity politics with heartfelt renderings of everyday life. She makes us think about how land is represented, exploring its mythic function in the circulation of colonial conceits.” – Burgess, Marilyn. “The Imagined Geographies of Rebecca Belmore”, Parachute, No. 93 (1999): 12–20.
Research Residency: September 17 to 28, 2012
Public Conversation with the Artist: September 19, 2012, 8 PM
Production Residency: April 20 to May 25, 2013
Exhibition: April/May 2013 (exact dates to be announced)
Co-presentation by La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and Musagetes
Taking place in the natural surroundings of Sudbury and corresponding with the cycle from fall to winter to spring, this two-part residency project will feature a new land-based artwork created by artist Rebecca Belmore. In the 1990s Belmore lived and worked in Sioux Lookout, so this project brings her back to a landscape she knows well.
First, in September of 2012, as the leaves mark the seasonal change and Northern Ontario begins to show its autumn colours, Belmore will be in Sudbury to research outdoor locations for this work. On September 19th at 8 PM, writer and curator cheyanne turions engaged Belmore in a public conversation about her practice.
Over the winter, Belmore will reflect on her time in Sudbury to consider themes, locations, methods, elements, and materials of her work. Then from April 20 to May 25, 2013, as the snow gives way to the first days of spring and the weather grows warm, Belmore will return to Sudbury to produce the work itself. The creative process will be open to the public step by step, and opportunities to visit the site and meet the artist will be announced on the websites of Musagetes and the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario. The final work will be featured in an exhibition at the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in April and May of 2013.