Rebecca Belmore: Hacer Memoria Opening Celebration + Artist Talk

Date: Saturday January 14th, 2023

Time: 3:00 pm

Opening celebration led by Sempúlyan Gonzales at 3:00pm

A conversation between Rebecca Belmore and distinguished curator Candice Hopkins at 4:00pm

About Hacer Memoria
Hacer Memoria is an outdoor sculpture that will extend along the top of The Polygon Gallery’s east-facing façade. This public artwork consists of nine oversized blue and orange shirts sewn from tarpaulins. The long-sleeved shirts, which hang in a row with the backs facing out, are each emblazoned with a single letter. Together the letters spell “hereafter.”

The title of the work is taken from the Pope’s penitential speech in which he recognized the importance of remembering the devastating impacts of the residential school system. Belmore co-opts his phrase “hacer memoria,” or “try to remember,” by highlighting the challenges of not forgetting. In colours that carry significance – blue for the uniforms that students wore and orange to mark the resilience of survivors – the provocative artwork offers an opportunity to acknowledge Indigenous people. Invoking the word “hereafter,” the artist places emphasis on the troubled present and unknown futures.


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