This is a past event.

The Memorialist

When: Feb. 18-April 14 2019
D’Arcy Wilson delivers this mix of photography, video projection and historical artifacts while studying the colonialist way settlers view and understand nature. As the gallery explains: "Andrew Downs’ Zoological Gardens opened in Halifax in 1847. For more than 20 years the Gardens housed regional and exotic animals in sprawling wooded enclosures. The proprietor, known to care deeply for the animals in his keep, was also a master taxidermist, supplying specimens to the world’s leading scientific institutions of the time. Downs’ Gardens was the first public zoo dedicated to the study of nature in North America, and yet, these gardens also signalled the broken bridge between colonial settlers and the natural world, becoming a 'living museum' of wildlife in a patch of forest just off the Halifax Peninsula. The Memorialist—a term with which Downs self-identified in his practice—departs from this story, while retracing the complex geography of care and harm that characterized nineteenth century efforts to collect and preserve natural specimens (and occasionally their habitat) under the context of an expanding dominion."


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