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 / past / 2010-2011 / STANSTEAD PROJECT, OR HOW TO CROSS THE BORDER: PART 1

Exhibitions

STANSTEAD PROJECT, OR HOW TO CROSS THE BORDER: PART 1
April 30 - July 30, 2011

Artists: Ursula Biemann (Zurich, Switzerland), Christian Philipp Müller (New York), Andreas Rutkauskas (Montréal, Québec)

Guest Curator: Geneviève Chevalier

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 11 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Reception co-presented by the Foreman Art Gallery and Crossing Borders Research Cluster.

The exhibition is produced by the Foreman Art Gallery with financial contributions from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

This project is about the Canada-US border in the town of Stanstead where recent events have transformed the ordinary lives of citizens who, since generations, have crossed the border on a daily basis. A reflection around the notion of borders, but also on migration, this project will bring together artists whose work is interested in the world in which we are evolving.

The second part of the exhibition, to be presented in the summer 2012 will take root in the heart of the community of Stanstead with works by Raphaelle de Groot, Christian Philipp Müller, and Althea Thauberger. Since the 19th century several emblematic sites in Stanstead share a close relationship  with its neighbor Derby Line, Vermont such as the opera house of the Haskell Free Library, which is literally located on both sides of the border. Local sites will be invested by artists. For example, Raphaelle de Groot and Althea Thauberger will work directly with groups of citizens in their intervention work. Christian Philipp Müller will present a site-specific installation that will forge links between the city's history and recent events. The intention of the curator in inviting these three artists to work on site in Stanstead is for them to develop relationships with members of the community through their art projects and to enable them to work from this frame to provide the context for Stanstead citizens to assess and make explicit the impact of repressive policies.  Müller, de Groot and Thauberger all work in a site specific manner and each are interested in architectural artifacts.

http://www.haskellopera.org/

Curatorial Essay (PDF)

Press Release (PDF)