Revisiting the Silence follows the tradition of travelling to see the totem poles along the Northwest Coast, as reflected in the powerful black and white photos taken by New York photographer, Adelaide de Menil in the 1960s. Guest curator Peter Morin has selected haunting images from de Menil's photographic collection that take us to the original locations of the totem poles. We see the last standing place for many of the older poles before their removal by museums or their return to the earth. Revisiting the Silence addresses the dilemma of collecting poles, and for some, the parallel dilemma of allowing the poles to go back to the earth. Come to the Bill Reid Gallery to experience these thought-provoking images and reflect on their cultural implications.
June 22, 2011 to March 24, 2012
Peter Morin – artist and teacher
Some Opening Reception Images here.