Unsettled Objects (The Alchemy of Dispossession and Display)

Read my commissioned essay for The Power Plant here. It is a response to artworks by Raymond Boisjoly and Abbas Akhavan included in Tools for Conviviality (Summer 2012 group show curated by Melanie O’Brian.

I remain grateful for the opportunity to write about cedar, and for an occasion to incorporate some of my recent thought about territory and territorial acknowledgements into a response to extremely thoughtful, sensitive and charismatic artworks.

Embedded in note 6 is a discussion of the etymology of the name Toronto, including some primary research that I was lucky to carry out with the help of Donna Bomberry and Ima Johnson at the Kawenni:io Language Preservation Project.

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