A Secret Garden


A Secret Garden is an installation in conjunction with GTFO in the Small Space

 
DateThursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 5:00am

Phone

416-977-6000 x 263

Cost

Free

Email

studentgallery@ocadu.ca

Website

http://www.studentgallery.ocad.ca

Location

OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street

Opening party: Thursday, November 6 (7-11pm)
In conjunction with GTFO in the Small Space

A Secret Garden probes the complex tension between the presumed anti-racist political consensus in Western liberal society, and the racist (sub)texts that persist in children’s films and literature. The work takes as its source Francis Hodgson Burnett’s children’s book The Secret Garden and the films that have been adapted from that text. It explores a two-fold ‘white-washing’ of Burnett’s source text: 1) the sterilizing of explicitly racist and colonialist elements from the text in the various film adaptations, and 2) the impact of the idyllic, colonially derived fantasy space of the novel on young readers.

The installation will function as a conversation between traditional art / craft and the digital vernacular of the Millennial shaped by the children's media of the ‘90s. The gallery space will function as the canvas of the exchange: flowers adorning the walls to emulate ornate 19th century wallpaper; furniture covered with hand-painted flowers, nostalgically evocative of a classical colonial living room meets a ‘90s family / media room.

Upon entering the gallery participants will encounter the clashing signifiers of the nostalgic domestic spaces that inform the original text, its film adaptation, and that of its young millennial viewers. Cliché objects of antiquated wealth will jostle with those of the sprawling post-internet late 20th century: colonial portraiture with gifs; Victorian flowers and statuary with data-moshed video works; hand-painted ‘brown’ Mary Lennox(s),with text-based juxtapositions of the text and film that expose both ideological shifts from the source text, and racist and sexist consistencies.

Artists Featured: Lido Pimienta, Adrienne Crossman, Benjamin McCarthy and Toni Darling

Curated by Lido Pimienta

DateThursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 5:00am

Phone

416-977-6000 x 263

Cost

Free

Email

studentgallery@ocadu.ca

Website

http://www.studentgallery.ocad.ca

Location

OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street

Image of a decorative floral illustrations surrounding an open space with a gradient of purple
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 5:00am

Opening party: Thursday, November 6 (7-11pm)
In conjunction with GTFO in the Small Space

A Secret Garden probes the complex tension between the presumed anti-racist political consensus in Western liberal society, and the racist (sub)texts that persist in children’s films and literature. The work takes as its source Francis Hodgson Burnett’s children’s book The Secret Garden and the films that have been adapted from that text. It explores a two-fold ‘white-washing’ of Burnett’s source text: 1) the sterilizing of explicitly racist and colonialist elements from the text in the various film adaptations, and 2) the impact of the idyllic, colonially derived fantasy space of the novel on young readers.

The installation will function as a conversation between traditional art / craft and the digital vernacular of the Millennial shaped by the children's media of the ‘90s. The gallery space will function as the canvas of the exchange: flowers adorning the walls to emulate ornate 19th century wallpaper; furniture covered with hand-painted flowers, nostalgically evocative of a classical colonial living room meets a ‘90s family / media room.

Upon entering the gallery participants will encounter the clashing signifiers of the nostalgic domestic spaces that inform the original text, its film adaptation, and that of its young millennial viewers. Cliché objects of antiquated wealth will jostle with those of the sprawling post-internet late 20th century: colonial portraiture with gifs; Victorian flowers and statuary with data-moshed video works; hand-painted ‘brown’ Mary Lennox(s),with text-based juxtapositions of the text and film that expose both ideological shifts from the source text, and racist and sexist consistencies.

Artists Featured: Lido Pimienta, Adrienne Crossman, Benjamin McCarthy and Toni Darling

Curated by Lido Pimienta

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.studentgallery.ocad.ca
Email: 
studentgallery@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 263
Cost: 
Free
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