Virtual reception closes Our Bodies Our Land

The Our Bodies Our Land exhibition closes Friday at the WKP Kennedy Gallery. Alix Voz Photo jpg, NB

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Jessa Laframboise

Special to the Nugget

Our Bodies Our Land is closing this week at the WKP Kennedy Gallery.

Our Bodies Our Land was the first exhibition we had since the gallery shut down due to COVID-19.

When this exhibition opened this past summer, we were not sure what would happen. We asked ourselves if visitors would come and see the exhibition, or if they would even be interested in coming to the gallery.

But, to our delight, there was an outpouring of support from the community and more than 100 eager gallery visitors interested in experiencing this powerful exhibition.

The community’s reaction when we re-opened reminded us that our role as an art institution is to bring people together and now, more than ever, people are looking to us for a creative outlet.

We recognize that many people may not have been able to attend this exhibition. So, the WKP Kennedy Gallery wants to virtually bring people together.

To celebrate Our Bodies Our Land, we will host a virtual closing reception on Facebook live Friday at 6:30 pm. This event will give viewers access to Our Bodies Our Land in their own homes so those who were not able to come to the gallery can still learn about the exhibition. This is a one-time only Facebook live event and we welcome everyone who wishes to join.

With this culminating event, we are excited to shine a light on the artists and recognize the success of Our Bodies Our Land. Christine Charette and Kim Kitchen will be present in the gallery, surrounded by their beautiful artwork and powerful stories, while we stream their artist talk.

This is a unique opportunity to virtually sit down with the artists and hear about Our Bodies Our Land in more detail. The goal is that this artist talk will open new avenues for understanding and appreciating their work.

The audience will gain insight into the artists’ inspiration, ideas, creative processes, curatorial challenges and lived experiences. They also will get one last peak at the exhibition before Our Bodies Our Land is de-installed.

To learn more about this event, viewers can go to the WKP Kennedy Gallery Facebook page where the event is shared.

Jessa Laframboise is an intern at the WKP Kennedy Gallery.