Doing our own thing Artist Talk

Doing our own thing

George Thomas, Portrait of Lynn Zimmerman, Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton, early 1970’s, Kodachrome slide.

Our previous exhibition was “Doing our Own Thing”. This exhibition looked to the utopian imagination of the back-to-the-land movement, and considered both its ambitions and its failures, to see what we might recuperate from this history almost forty years later. The exhibition consisted of documentary photographs of back-to-the-land families from western Cape Breton Island that were taken during throughout the 1970s by George Thomas, a reading room housing The Whole Earth Catalog Library and a fully functional build-your-own grain threshing machine by Cape Breton-born artist and second-generation back-to-the-lander, Fenn Martin. Continue reading