Eric Hattan, Alexander Birchler, Teresa Hubbard, Liz Magor, Barbara Burkhardt   Small Histories

October 10, 1994 - November 16, 1994

Organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery with funding assistance from The Canada Council and the Pro Helvetica Arts Council of Switzerland

Small histories is an exhibition which drew together the work of four artists whose practice deals with history, both public and private. Their concerns are specific to place, and address both collective and individual memory which, filtered through time, often distort or alter the interpretation of actual events. The artists- Eric Hattan, Teresa Hubbard, Alexander Birchler and Liz Magor- who were invited to participate in the project have all visited Lethbridge previously, and spent two weeks in the region prior to the installation of work. Hubbard and Birchler, who work as a team, contrived an installation in the upper gallery relating to museology and how objects are used to 'make' history. Liz Magor's installation dealt with World War I in relation to Lethbridge, prompted by a didactic panel at the Galt Museum which states that Lethbridge sent more men to fight in the Great War, per capita, than any other community in Canada. Eric Hattan's work, in the main gallery, addressed both the reordering of architectural space and the hoarding instinct in our disposable society.

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