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Traversals
Traversals
2018

A path is a line carved out of the earth. These routes of travel form connections between places, but they also point toward layers of history and time. Traversals across landscapes mark points of orientation, decisions made at critical moments along a journey, and embody the implications of choices made and enacted. A path is not just a line drawn across the surface of the ground, it is also a cultural expression.

This work includes a series of three back-lit photographs and an accompanying sound piece. A single set of footsteps in the audio piece begin slowly and build to include several people walking heavily through the forest clearing depicted in the image. Progressively, the narrative of footsteps grows until many people walk together. This culmination suggests both a harmony of effort and dissonant movement through the space.

The footsteps in the piece embody the route of travel several hundred internees walked each day during Canada's first internment operations in 1915. A relatively unknown part of Canada's history, several thousand Austro-Hungarian and Ukrainian-Canadian citizens were interned across the nation as a response to cold war fear of otherness -- a lesson for contemporary time. This network of roadways laid the foundation for Canada's National Park system.