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Exhibition Opening | Svea Ferguson, Lauren Crazybull and Angeline Simon

May 15, 05:00pm - 08:00pm
Join us for the opening reception of our newest exhibitions:
Svea Ferguson | Penumbra
Lauren Crazybull | TSIMA KOHTOTSITAPIIHPA Where are you from?
Angeline Simon | A Phantom Speaks
Friday, May 15
5-8 PM
Free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Svea Ferguson | Penumbra

Svea Ferguson’s sculptures expand the potential of their given material properties: what is to exist as a ground, she is able to make drape in folds, suspending the way light moves with subtle layering of form to control its opacity, density, and weight. Her sculptures remain familiar, but are entrancing because of her use of scale in relation to our bodies, the specific architectural spaces the work is sited within, and in the way the works are given care. Contraindicating the intended purposes of vinyl and industrial textiles, hand-cut into expansive arrays, exposed suspended nettings, carefully feathered masses: Ferguson’s undulating forms are given a broad play and rich palette in the spaces of shadow.
Lauren Crazybull | TSIMA KOHTOTSITAPIIHPA Where are you from? 

TSIMA KOHTOTSITAPIIHPA Where are you from? includes the hand-painted map of Indigenous territories now known as Treaty 6, 7, and 8 territories of Alberta, traversed by Lauren Crazybull. The photographic documentation of this journey has culminated in a book and an audio work by Lauren Crazybull, featuring a score by musician Matthew Cardinal. TSIMA KOHTOTSITAPIIHPA Where are you from? was premiered at Latitude 53 Gallery in an exhibition curated by Noor Bhangu and will tour throughout Alberta. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery will connect with youth of the region to share Lauren Crazybull’s powerful new works, including a screening of a short documentary IIKAAKIIMAAT, by filmmaker Conor McNally during the opening celebration. This film screening is presented in partnership with the Reconciliation Lethbridge Committee and the City of Lethbridge. 

Angeline Simon | A Phantom Speaks
Angeline Simon mines and manipulates her familial photographic archives to explore lateral connections in time and geography. Like any archivist, Simon is responsible for acquiring, arranging, describing, and preserving photographic records that have enduring value. However, she also digitally manipulates, cuts, collages, and merges new and found images to give a voice to the phantoms of displaced family histories. As a second generation Canadian, Simon moves through the river of archival information finding lineal and cross-cultural connections that resonate with anyone who has looked into an ancestral past for answers.
SAAG Art Library Project: Beginning in 2020, the SAAG will present exhibitions as in-situ interventions within our art library. The Art Library Project will feature a diverse selection of artworks and mediums from regional contemporary artists. Artists are invited to think of the library as a unique exhibition context by investigating the SAAG’s programming around readership, publications, and its place within Lethbridge’s historic Carnegie library, which opened in 1922. Artists are encouraged to consider the physical architecture of the library and its material holdings, responding to a broader and generative idea of what a library might be, as they change and adapt to new forms of knowledge production.

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