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Virtual Reception | The Middle River

We are so excited to be presenting an exhibition next month: THE MIDDLE RIVER, from artists Pam Hall & Jerry Evans.

THE MIDDLE RIVER is Chapter III Towards the Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge (ELK). Based on more than one hundred days of research in Miawpukek/Conne River, NL. It reveals place-based knowledge shared by more than 70 collaborators from the area.

We’re currently working out some details to optimize the experience at the gallery while still keeping you safe. In the meantime, we’ve planned a virtual opening for The Middle River on August 8th – mark your calendars! Details soon to follow.

THE MIDDLE RIVER COLLABORATION

The Hall/Evans collaboration advances research-based and community-engaged practice in the region and country at the same time as building a mindful process of ethical relationships between artists and communities. It also supports a deep creative partnership between an indigenous and non-indigenous artist and enables the development of strategies and protocols working hard and consciously towards reconciliation. It will also build models for working responsibly and respectfully within communities, crafting protocols for collaboration and working with community youth. In its direct challenge of Western notions of art, of knowledge and of the solitary artist as sole creator of their work—this project makes visible in a direct and powerful way the fact that art and knowledge are social and are never produced “alone”.

To access this event, please include your email here: https://forms.gle/C6DrDgkhAwQEWpMU6

This method of Zoom link distribution allows us to safely host online events without risk of Zoom hacking. Providing your email does not make you required to attend the event but does provide consent for us to send you the event link prior to the start of the event!

If you have never attended an event at EE before, we encourage you to join and make some new friends- this is open to everyone. If there are any questions or barriers to access, please feel comfortable to email us at gallery@easternedge.ca so we can help you join.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Pam Hall’s work in rural Newfoundland has been ongoing since the late 1980s. Drawn deeply to place and to the labour of practice (and the practice of labour), she has worked with rural knowledge holders, especially in the fisheries, for many years. The Middle River collaboration with Jerry Evans is not her first project working with others and she has a long record of collaborative creation.

Jerry Evans is a senior Mi’Kmaw visual artist, curator and filmmaker. His work has explored his indigenous heritage through painting, printmaking, and film. He also curated FIRST, the 1996 inaugural exhibition of indigenous art in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Middle River is his first major collaboration with another artist and represents his ongoing exploration and celebration of Mi’kmaw and other indigenous experiences in NL.