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October 18 - January 5, 2020

John Koerner. HMS Plumper Exploring Johnstone Strait, 1862, 1964. Oil on canvas. Permanent Collection of Two Rivers Gallery, Gift of CIL Incorporated.

Artwork from the Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection, started in 1985, has grown to include more than 400 artworks, many of them donated by artists and art collectors. Every year we exhibit work from the collection, giving us the opportunity to share some of our new acquisitions as well as revisit some older work. Much of the work in the collection stems from past exhibitions, so regular visitors may find familiar work though often in a different context. Sculpture, painting on paper and canvas, photography and prints are represented in the collection with a focus on contemporary artwork from Western Canada. 

October 18 - January 5, 2020

David Campion & Sandra Shields. Survey Party, 2016. Inkjet print on vinyl. 65 x 35 inches

Grand Theft Terra Firma

David Campion & Sandra Shields

Produced and circulated by the reach gallery museum, abbotsford : curated by Laura Schneider

Grand Theft Terra Firma tackles settler responsibility head-on. David Campion and Sandra Shields disrupt the celebratory mythology of nation building by re-framing the settlement of Canada as a complex heist masterminded by criminals in London and played out on the ground by a gang of greedy thieves. Combining photography and installation, and developed in collaboration with many partners from the Stó:lo community, Grand Theft blends popular culture with original source material to consider Canada’s colonial history within the particularities of local experiences in S’ólh Téméxw, now more commonly known as BC’s Fraser Valley.

The project employs an “unsettling” strategy to explore Canada’s difficult past and our inheritance of its injustices. Blending fictional characters with elements drawn from historical record, the artists create a space where audiences are asked to consider their own relationship to destructive colonial practices. The exhibition supports discussion around emergent notions of personal awareness and responsibility in the process of decolonization, underscoring the possibility for art to participate in the critical discourse on social reconciliation in divided societies.


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