Writing Topography: The Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art


  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery 703 Queen St Fredericton, NB, E3B 1C4 Canada

Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi

This monumental exhibition brings together the work of twenty-four artists from all four Atlantic Canadian provinces to consider the imaginary and geographic role of place. Probing beneath the surface of the landscape, the artists reveal complex layers of histories and mythologies, and critique the notion of landscape as ‘natural,’ uncovering and examining how technologies, socio-political agendas, and economics mark the geographic.

Presented is a diverse range of work from photography to installation, painting, sculpture, intervention and performance that explores ideas of communications and invisible landscapes, and challenges the demarcation, colonization, and militarization of the land. The exhibition investigates how memory, histories and mythologies mark place and expose how habitats are radically altered and manipulated. By responding to both specific Atlantic Canadian narratives, as well as broader concepts of place, the exhibition maps the real and imagined marks made by human habitation and technological progress, both of which are indelibly tied to creativity and destruction equally.

Featured artists include: Robert Bean, Gerald Beaulieu, Jennifer Belanger, Remi Belliveau, Jordan Bennett, Kay Burns, Amanda Dawn Christie, Richard Davis, Leah Garnett, Pam Hall, Mark Igloliorte, Navarana Igloliorte, Ursula Johnson, Philippa Jones, Stephen Kelly, Eleanor King, Fenn Martin, Michael McCormack, Kim Morgan, Nigel Roe, Sara Roth, Anna Torma, Gerald Vaandering, and Kim Vose Jones.


Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and made possible with the generous support of the McCain Family, the Harrison McCain Foundation, and the McCain Foundation.