Beginning with a chance encounter, Tim Smith has been documenting and building relationships with Hutterite communities in Manitoba over the past seven years. An Anabaptist group whose roots trace back to the 16th Century Reformation, many Hutterites live on closed colonies throughout western Canada and the north-western United States, their culture preserved through deliberate separation and self-sufficiency. Smith’s photographs provide a contemporary and nuanced view of the colonies—delving into complex decisions at the heart of everyday life. His intimate portraits offer a glimpse into the continuously negotiated sites of Hutterite life: women showing off colourful running shoes under cotton prairie dresses, using cell phones and Internet to access the world outside of the colonies, farming, communal meals, prayer, and family life.
we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical is an ongoing project by Amalie Atkins that brings together personal history, myth, familial storytelling, and imagined narratives. Combining film, cinematic performance, and installation, Atkins’ otherworldly stories are situated within the expansive prairie landscape. Generations of women—mothers and daughters, sisters, twins—transform the land into a site for the transmission of ancestral and familial knowledge. Like an ancient fairy tale, their narrative is fragmented and in a constant state of change, while the women’s ritual actions appear both banal and magical. Shaped by questions of personal and collective memory, and inspired by fairy tales, cautionary fables, dreams, and myth, Atkins reveals how the future is always in a state of being continuously reshaped by the past.
Curated by Natalia Lebedinskaia
These exhibition is made possible by Westman Community Futures
Opening Reception sponsored by Brandon Photographics