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Published by the Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University. Distributed by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Softcover, 48 pages, 35 bw, 4 colour, 8.5 x 11"
ISBN: 978-0-920149-16-4 (paper)
Publication Date: 2001
In This Place: Black Art in Nova Scotia was the first comprehensive exhibition to represent and contextualize the tradition of Black Nova Scotian art-making in the province. The publication of the same name documents the interdisciplinary exhibition that featured the work of 50 artists dating back to 1885. The curators, David Woods and Dr. Harold Pearse, provided both a retrospective—using older works that were important in the development of Black Nova Scotian art; as well as a contemporary view—looking at the current works that make up the art practice of the Black community.
Co-curator David Woods speaks about the project:
The title of the exhibition is derived from a poem that I wrote called "Abode". The poem speaks about the Black experience in Nova Scotia and expresses the ‘special’ reality early Black settlers attached to the land that they were given in Nova Scotia. Though this land was less than ideal—often barren, rocky soil or swampland—it was nevertheless seen as places of great beauty to the settlers. For those fleeing slavery in the United States, it was the first time in their lives that they were allowed to own land, or anything, as a matter of fact. The land— the small plots and isolated communities they were given— became for them, as the poem says, 'abodes of beauty'. The idea of place— both physical and psychological— is an important thread linking Black Nova Scotian art-making.