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Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation

February 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until April 6, 2020

Free – $6
A photograph featuring Canadian women in uniform who were serving in various capacities at the Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan in March of 2009. Part of the Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Althea Thauberger: The State of the Situation presents an expansive look at Althea Thauberger’s artistic practice. She is a thoughtful, challenging artist whose work examines and re-examines the ideas and use of archive and institution and asks questions of authorship and collaboration

While she has gained international attention and praise, this is the first exhibition in Canada that presents an extended overview of her practice, and, as such, the first to allow visitors access to her collaborative artmaking practice over the course of a decade’s worth of work.

The five works selected represent the breadth of her practice and underline her dual interests in examining the State, and its systems of representations, and in creating situational work that gives space to community. She builds her artworks in collaborative fashion. First establishing a link and trust within a specific community, then building the script, movements, and narrative in partnership with the community of collaborators. She feels this is an imperative part of her practice, allowing her to share the privilege she feels her position affords her. This may include mentorships and distribution of project resources.

In each of the five works of art, we present the architecture of place and, in a couple of cases, the institution is critical to the framework of the piece. Expo 67, the Kandahar International Airport, and the Capri Cinema in Karachi each play a role in the specific works, and like that specific architecture, she creates a framework in each piece that reinforces that architecture. Thauberger’s examination and critique of these institutions affords our community reflection on the shifts and changes in power and structure in our surroundings.

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February 14, 2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $6
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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1V9 Canada
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