The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps

The Stories Were Not Told
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Through memory work and photography, Semchuk creates a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories.

SANDRA SEMCHUK  
JEN BUDNEY, FOREWORD

From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.
The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives
and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how
to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This
is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first national internment operations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Semchuk is a photographic, text, and video artist, and the winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). She taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Presentation, book sales & signing
Free event | Everybody welcome!

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cathie Crooks
Associate Director
The University of Alberta Press
ccrooks@ualberta.ca
uap.ualberta.ca
1 780 492 5820

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G
Email: 
reshaping.stories@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free
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reOPEN closed TABS

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

reOPEN closed TABS, curated by Emily Grace Harrison, looks at how internet-age youth consume/repurpose culture and technology to create new visions of the world and its occupants. In North America, “Millennials” (the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s) have inherited a complex, contradictory – and perhaps terminal – world that is often out of synch with their own paradigms. Increasing economic precarity that leads to psychological anxiety is but one of the many ways in which Millennials find themselves unmoored from their inheritance. In a digitized society defined by social media, youth carve out multiple worlds, rooted in the tensions of living through both online personas and the physical spaces of their daily lives.

REOPEN CLOSED TABS - PANEL TALK

November 10th 1:30-2:30 

Veronika Szkudlarek
Brandon Celi
Court Gee
Cristine Yunyk

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery 165 Augusta Ave
Email: 
Ignitegallery@ocau.ca
poster for panel talk
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