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What is Church? Rural Churches of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

November 3, 2001 - December 16, 2001

Year 2001

The Nova Scotian artist David Askevold began his documentary project in 2000 with support from the Millennium Arts Fund of the Canada Council. He drove through both provinces, seeking out churches that are at least 100 years old, and photographing their facades and interiors.

The exhibition is dominated by an 18-foot ink-jet digital print mural composed of photographs of 65 of the churches. The convergence of multi-channel video with music and the scanned and digitally manipulated images suggests the psychedelic equivalent of a Baroque church interior. In celebrating Maritimes community traditions, David Askevold endows them with unearthly splendour.