Hallway Dimensions: 12 ft. (L) x 8 1/2 ft. (H) x 3 1/2 ft. (W)
This installation was curated by Becka Viau for the group show, Sovereignty, at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS.
The work was installed in the hallway immediately preceding Gallery 3 where the rest of the show was located. Chain-link fence has been bolted against both walls with barbed wire strung along the top. 30lbs. of human hair is stuffed between fence and wall on both sides. Plastic sheeting hangs from ceiling to floor at the entry/exit points of the hallway while strong fluorescent lights hang from the ceiling. A lone broom/dust pan with accompanying dust mask leans against the fence. Signage was appropriated from the local urban environment.
Becka Viau writes: “Sovereignty focuses on the notion of Canadian sovereignty, from a historical, personal and current political perspective. Inspired by research into Canadian colonial history and the development of the nation now known as Canada, Sovereignty expresses a longing for a secure and unique identity within a complex young nation.”