Under the reign of Canada’s Maple Leaf, a documented 1200 Aboriginal women and girls have been murdered or gone missing. Flag of Tears has been created through series of public embroidery circles designed to invite participants into a conscious reflection on the consequences of our forgetful narratives of Canadian nationalism.
An artist, activist and scholar Helene’s work focuses on the role of public commemoration practices in constructing narratives related to militarism, nationalism and violence. Helene has performed her durational memorial meditations Impact Afghanistan War, Unravel, Haunting the Past’s Present, and Shot at Dawn throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.