This spring in Banff, art and theory enthusiasts gathered for the residency On the Commons, which featured artist Pedro Reyes and academics Michael Hardt and Lauren Berlant. Now, Toronto curator/writer Tatiana Mellema reports on the group’s explorations.
The mythology of Canada’s wilderness has enjoyed a remarkable longevity, and the Rocky Mountains are no exception. Drawn to the remote, ageless nature of the Rockies after a brief visit in 2008, the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson returned to Banff the following year with the musician Davíd Thór Jónsson to create The End (2009).
In the face of internationalization, political volatility and mass migration, identities—and the communities to which they belong—have become more fluid than ever.