Yours to Discover  (2019) looks at found photographs of my family visiting popular tourist destinations in Ontario as a means of understanding and reinterpreting national ideals of culture. The images used are of my family in 1988, when they were considering the prospect of immigrating to Canada.  By re-looking at these images, I consider this first trip to Canada as a kind of reconnaissance mission, in which my family came to understand what this country is like, what are it’s values, and if they could see themselves as part of it. I am specifically interested in these three sites and the way they have been staged to educate the public on Canadian ideals and values. At Niagara Falls, we witness the greatness and superior force of Canadian natural phenomena, at the CN Tower we understand new technological and architectural advancement, and at Cullen Gardens, we observe miniature examples of what is deemed to be ideal models of Canadian living and communities. I am interested in these pilgrimages as moments in which my own family sought to view and understand the best parts of what Canada has to offer, as well as how they themselves can fit into the cultural fabric of Canada.

Yours to Discover (2019) looks at found photographs of my family visiting popular tourist destinations in Ontario as a means of understanding and reinterpreting national ideals of culture. The images used are of my family in 1988, when they were considering the prospect of immigrating to Canada.

By re-looking at these images, I consider this first trip to Canada as a kind of reconnaissance mission, in which my family came to understand what this country is like, what are it’s values, and if they could see themselves as part of it. I am specifically interested in these three sites and the way they have been staged to educate the public on Canadian ideals and values. At Niagara Falls, we witness the greatness and superior force of Canadian natural phenomena, at the CN Tower we understand new technological and architectural advancement, and at Cullen Gardens, we observe miniature examples of what is deemed to be ideal models of Canadian living and communities. I am interested in these pilgrimages as moments in which my own family sought to view and understand the best parts of what Canada has to offer, as well as how they themselves can fit into the cultural fabric of Canada.

  A Whole New World – CN Tower, 1988 , 2019.

A Whole New World – CN Tower, 1988, 2019.

  Keep Off the Grass - Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village, 1988 , 2019

Keep Off the Grass - Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village, 1988, 2019

  The Wanderers - Niagara Falls, 1988,  2019

The Wanderers - Niagara Falls, 1988, 2019

 Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

  Yours to Discover  (2019) looks at found photographs of my family visiting popular tourist destinations in Ontario as a means of understanding and reinterpreting national ideals of culture. The images used are of my family in 1988, when they were considering the prospect of immigrating to Canada.  By re-looking at these images, I consider this first trip to Canada as a kind of reconnaissance mission, in which my family came to understand what this country is like, what are it’s values, and if they could see themselves as part of it. I am specifically interested in these three sites and the way they have been staged to educate the public on Canadian ideals and values. At Niagara Falls, we witness the greatness and superior force of Canadian natural phenomena, at the CN Tower we understand new technological and architectural advancement, and at Cullen Gardens, we observe miniature examples of what is deemed to be ideal models of Canadian living and communities. I am interested in these pilgrimages as moments in which my own family sought to view and understand the best parts of what Canada has to offer, as well as how they themselves can fit into the cultural fabric of Canada.
  A Whole New World – CN Tower, 1988 , 2019.
  Keep Off the Grass - Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village, 1988 , 2019
  The Wanderers - Niagara Falls, 1988,  2019
 Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Yours to Discover (2019) looks at found photographs of my family visiting popular tourist destinations in Ontario as a means of understanding and reinterpreting national ideals of culture. The images used are of my family in 1988, when they were considering the prospect of immigrating to Canada.

By re-looking at these images, I consider this first trip to Canada as a kind of reconnaissance mission, in which my family came to understand what this country is like, what are it’s values, and if they could see themselves as part of it. I am specifically interested in these three sites and the way they have been staged to educate the public on Canadian ideals and values. At Niagara Falls, we witness the greatness and superior force of Canadian natural phenomena, at the CN Tower we understand new technological and architectural advancement, and at Cullen Gardens, we observe miniature examples of what is deemed to be ideal models of Canadian living and communities. I am interested in these pilgrimages as moments in which my own family sought to view and understand the best parts of what Canada has to offer, as well as how they themselves can fit into the cultural fabric of Canada.

A Whole New World – CN Tower, 1988, 2019.

Keep Off the Grass - Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village, 1988, 2019

The Wanderers - Niagara Falls, 1988, 2019

Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Public installation at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 2019.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

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