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Agenda / July 12–October 21, 2018
Editors' Pick

Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental

Rebecca Belmore
Rebecca Belmore, <em>Biinjiya'iing Onji (From Inside)</em>, 2017. Photo: Myrto Papadopoulos. Rebecca Belmore, Biinjiya'iing Onji (From Inside), 2017. Photo Myrto Papadopoulos.
Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario

Date

July 12–October 21, 2018

Curator

Wanda Nanibush

The exhibition includes Biinjiya’iing Onji (From Inside), a sculpture that was made for Documenta 14. The tent was carved from marble quarried from the mountain range that was used to build the Parthenon. From inside the tent, which was installed on Filopappou Hill, you had a view of this architectural wonder. The tent migrated to Kassel, Germany, via truck, and was installed facing south, looking back at where it had come from. So many people who land in Greece as refugees have a desire to live in Germany. Now, the tent has made its way to this continent crossing the ocean by ship. As an Indigenous person, going to the place purported to be the birthplace of democracy, commissioning a tent made of marble, and bringing it home, is a reversal, if you remember that Europeans came and ravaged the land here and took it all back to their own lands. This marble, removed and transformed, is a symbolic offering: of being inside the stone of another place.

Editors' Comment

To call Rebecca Belmore’s work “powerful,” as it often is, is to make the understatement of this century. In Belmore’s new retrospective “Facing the Monumental,” curator Wanda Nanibush evades chronology and loosely organizes Belmore’s prolific output according to four recurring elements in it: earth, water, snow and blood. Here, Belmore describes the significance of one of the exhibition’s centrepieces to her, as seen in the Preview section of our summer 2018 issue, “Translation.”