Current Exhibit

Current Exhibit

July + August

A Woman Walking (The City Limits)

Alana Bartol

“The history of walking is as old as humanity, but the history of walking as a conscious action for spiritual, conceptual or aesthetic experience is more recent. We walk to get from point to point b, but we also walk to make sense of our surroundings, to clear our minds, or to get lost in our thoughts. Poets, artists and philosophers first romanticized the rhythmic connection between walking and thinking in the 19th century, but it was not until the late 1960s that walking emerged as a viable medium of self-expression in the visual arts, allowing artists to map, encounter, shape and reshape the world around them.
In A Woman Walking (the City Limits), the Calgary-based, interdisciplinary artist Alana Bartol used walking as a medium to explore the carefully delineated city limit. Curious about “what bodies move alongside, within, and outside of the designated city boundary” and “how the border of the city is inscribed on the land and felt in space,” Bartol attempted to walk the 174 km plus perimeter in its entirety using the City of Calgary map as her guide. In most instances, the boundary was marked by barbed wire or fence and was not easily accessible by designated pathways. Bartol, therefore, forged her own trail by walking alongside roads and highways, the Tsuu T’ina Nation 145, private property, farmland, suburban sprawl, the Bow and Elbow rivers and the Bearspaw Dam. Along the way, she collected found objects, recorded video, and captured photographs. These items not only document the artist’s performance but reveal the curious traces of the inhabitants who occupy or have occupied these liminal spaces.
This performance was developed in the summer of 2016 for the M:ST8: A Southern Alberta Performance Art Festival and was first presented at The New Gallery in Calgary.”
Curated by Shannon Bingeman
Developed by the Alberta Society of Artists
A Woman Walking (the City Limits) is a touring exhibition developed by the Alberta Society of Artists for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX). The program is financially supported by the AFA with a mandate to ensure every Albertan is provided with an opportunity to enjoy fully developed exhibitions in schools, libraries, health care centres, and smaller rural institutions and galleries throughout the province.

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