De Nort - Installation
De Nort echoes how realities and cultures within all
reserves are influenced and shaped by mainstream Canadian society. The
convoluted realities that have evolved from the forced reserve placement of
Aboriginal peoples led the ITWE Collective to explore how traditional memories
and knowledge are being replaced by 'manufactured' memories through newer
objects and their cultural affiliations.
Through the course of industrial advancement, manufactured objects are increasingly replacing traditional ones, while traditional objects are being repurposed into hybrid objects. Transportation from reserves to urban centres has become more accessible, resulting in more items from the south moving into reserves. The desire for a modern lifestyle has led to a vicious cycle of wanting more, resulting in excess and clutter. In Northern communities where disposal of unwanted goods is challenging, it becomes clear that minimalism is a privilege.
In De Nort, the ITWE Collective explores how manufactured goods find their way in these communities and what they represent in the inhabitants' daily lives. The objects in De Nort reflect individual personalities and define the details of everyday life. They are imbued with stories, reflecting both traditional survival and modern infringement. Ultimately, De Nort provides a window on the changing face of the North and photographic evidence of the impact of colonialism on cultural memory.
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