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Outside the Box – Halifax

Dates

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 —

Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Type

Exhibitions


Admission

Free

Reception

Sat, Jan 23, 2016 | 5-7pm


Daily Hours

MonMonday

11:00AM-7:00PM

TueTuesday

11:00AM-7:00PM

WedWednesday

11:00AM-7:00PM

ThuThursday

11:00AM-9:00PM

FriFriday

11:00AM-7:00PM

SatSaturday

10:00AM-6:00PM

SunSunday

12:00PM-5:00PM

Description

Outside the Box – Halifax
In Knots

“In Knots” is a conceptual piece primarily using rope and knots to form a rope-quilt patterned after Halifax’s historic & modern street network. It explores the points of tension in the city, both physically, in terms of residential and commercial density, as well as historically, addressing crucial events such as Africville, the Halifax Explosion and the on-going gentrification process that can be seen in the city today.  The quilted form of the piece draws inspiration from traditional Mi’kmaq craft, acknowledging the fact that Halifax is built on unceded Mi’kmaq territory. The use of textile material is also a reference to both the city’s nautical culture, as well as the artisan tradition and trades emphasising hand-crafted goods.

Settlement of particular areas has often meant erasure of existing communities. As such, Halifax’s history, topography, and cultural landscapes are fragmented, and fraught with dichotomous tensions between young and old, histories of indigenous people and settlers, heritage preservation and progress, gentrification and displacement. “In Knots” attempts to use pattern and repetition to process and unpack the complex feeling of living in and loving Halifax, while also acknowledging the violence and displacement that have occurred and continue to occur in the name of progress.

Halifax correspondent: Breakhouse Inc. | www.breakhouse.ca

Designers:
Margot Durling, Megan Fildes, and Delaine Tiniakos-Doran

Shipped across the country in Bankers boxes, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival & WantedDesign unpack, install, and present nine distinct national and international showcases in the third edition of ‘Outside the Box.’ Working with local correspondents, the contents of each box includes original works from local designers, reflecting the particular resources and makers of each area, and featuring responses to the theme “multiple.”

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

Outside the Box – Chicago
Outside the Box – Edmonton
Outside the Box – Halifax
Outside the Box – Los Angeles
Outside the Box – Montreal
Outside the Box – New York
Outside the Box – Ottawa
Outside the Box – Portland
Outside the Box – Seattle

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