This exhibition was initially conceived through the usual means. Then the last two years happened. As we survived the changes, the interruptions, and the restrictions, we developed coping mechanisms. We turned from planning to responding.
In response to our environment, our living conditions, and the political structures around us, we looked inward, longed for connection, and many of us desired to escape.
In the practice of response, decolonization, of re-examining power structures and hierarchies, we looked to our community and accessed our communal knowledge and networks.
From this experience, Sui Generis was reimagined. Stepping down from the hierarchical view of the curator/artist relationship, Sophie and I have taken the role of facilitators, encouraging an exhibition where the artist’s vision and voice came first. Through this process, we accelerate the advancement and dissemination of communal knowledge, allowing new connections and envisioning new possible futures.
Carol-Anne McFarlane, Facilitator Statement