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Tactics for Staying Home in Uncertain Times

March 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021

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Year 2021 Organized by MSVU Art Gallery

Please note: exhibition dates are subject to change

The COVID-19 pandemic, now approaching its first full year in Canada, has radically centered home as the site of daily life. The question of home (namely “what and where is home?”) is made no simpler by this fact. Indeed, this crisis has exacerbated existing inequalities and precarity in housing access. Co-opting the language of public health directives to stay home and shelter in place, Tactics for Staying Home in Uncertain Times invites viewers to consider the meanings of home through the lens of diaspora. This exhibition asks, how do we stay home when home is away? How do we make here feel like home?

Tactics brings together five emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized (BIPOC) artists living across Canada whose works articulate ideas of displacement, domesticity, and the limits of belonging. By tracing connections to present and past homes, the artists render visible everyday gestures that enable feelings of belonging and solidarity across complex and diverse communities. The featured works borrow from the fabric of lived experience: familiar fruit, objects of utility and comfort, the light of an electronic screen. In recreating a domestic space that is unique and yet familiar, Tactics reveals common ground on their shared experience of making home in times of global crisis.

About the Curator

Liuba González de Armas is Halifax’s “Young Curator”, a position made possible by funds from the Canadian Museum Association’s Shirley L. Thomson Award for Young Curators, and in partnership with Dalhousie Art Gallery and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. She moved to Kjipuktuk to serve in this role, and has since been finding ways to make home here.

Artist Talk

Online artist talk with Cinthia Arias Auz on Saturday, March 20 at 2:00-4:00pm
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