Collection Count + Care seeks relationships within and conversations across the collection. What stories does the collection tell? / Prise en compte, prise à cœur cherche à tisser des liens et des dialogues entre les œuvres de la collection. Quelles histoires la collection raconte-t-elle?
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Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Afric / conservatrice associée, arts africains and / et Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Bader Curator of European Art
Works by Makers Once Known / Œuvres d’artisans jadis connus :
Mask / Masque, Liberia / Libéria, unknown date / date inconnue, wood, fibre, cloth and string / bois, fibres, tissu et ficelle. Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984 / Don de Justin et Elisabeth Lang, 1984
Locket / Médaillon, Inscribed / Inscription M.M. June 21st 1885, brass, enamel, glass and hair / laiton, émail, verre et cheveux. Gift of Elizabeth and Alastair Walker, 1996 / Don d’Elizabeth et Alastair Walker, 1996
Portrait / Portrait, unknown date / date inconnue, oil on ivory, with metal, glass and hair / huile sur ivoire, avec métal, verre et cheveux. Gift of Elizabeth and Alastair Walker, 1996 / Don d’Elizabeth et Alastair Walker, 1996
Miniature Portrait / Portrait miniature, around 1580 / vers 1580, oil on copper / huile sur cuivre. Gift of Dr and Mrs Alfred Bader, 1969 / Don de Dr et Mme Alfred Bader, 1969
https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/c…Collection Count + Care seeks relationships within and conversations across the collection. What stories does the collection tell? / Prise en compte, prise à cœur cherche à tisser des liens et des dialogues entre les œuvres de la collection. Quelles histoires la collection raconte-t-elle? …
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>> These used to be really lively
objects, so it’s strange to think
of them now sitting in our vaults.
>> We’ve brought these objects
together in a Victorian hatbox.
And they recall a number of things.
The journeys they took to
Agnes, their intimate nature.
So each one was actually carried close to the
wearer’s heart and also their changing roles.
But each of these objects do
carry very different meanings.
>> Like the small wooden Dan mask from
Liberia was sometimes called a passport mask.
And we’re not sure who started using this term,
because the term “passport” was an imperial
invention used to control the borders of Africa.
That makes us realize that the term
is linked to home and to belonging,
but it also shows how entangled
our knowledge about Africa is
with colonial ideas of mastery and control.
>> Placing the mask alongside these also
very personal objects from the global north,
it really opens up different kinds of
conversation about kinship and the way
in which we can perceive or understand lived
presences as they exist in our collections.
For instance, the hair work on the miniature
[inaudible] expresses this immortal love
for a person that was once known.
And the likeness of that person, which we then
see on the other side, is painted on ivory.
Ivory as a material similarly sits
between the living and the un-living,
but it also links immediately to
colonial processes of extraction.
>> We brought these objects all together because
we wanted to show how they can forge new bonds
of kinship and that people who love Agnes
wanted to share these objects with us.
>> So now these are brought
together in a spirit of sharing.
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