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Hope and Healing Exhibit Is On This Summer at Central Branch

Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers brings her body of work representing her personal journey of hope and healing in a new art installation at Central Branch. As a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Chambers travels across Canada, creating site-specific installations at historical residential school sites, cultural centres, museums, and public spaces.

Using large, pre-made crochet and knit pieces constructed with red yarn, her installations serve as a medium for broaching difficult discussions about decolonization and bridging gaps between settlers and Indigenous communities. This evolving body of work seeks to foster understanding and healing, reflecting Chambers' personal journey of self-education and reconciliation.

Chambers hopes this work will inspire dialogue and reflection, and encourages people to photograph and share their images and experiences online using the hashtag #hopeandhealingcanada.

Exhibit on display now in the Glass Case Gallery on the main floor until Sunday, August 25. 


Artist Statement

Immerse yourself in a captivating installation by artist Tracey-Mae Chambers, mapping questions of identity while sparking dialogue on displacement, decolonization, and reconciliation.

#hopeandhealingcanada is an invitation to venture along pathways of understanding between Indigenous and settler communities. The knit, woven and crochet-work installation is part of a series of site-specific works spanning over 100 public institutions, including historic residential school sites, museums, and galleries.

Intricately hand-crafted using vibrant red yarn, Chambers' creations endure the elements while serving as catalysts for reflection. Each piece, bearing the weight of history and hope, is hosted by institutions for as long as they desire before being repurposed at other sites across Canada.

For Chambers, a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, the choice of red holds profound symbolism. It embodies life and vitality, as well as the struggles and injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. Yet, red also symbolizes courage and love, guiding us toward healing and mutual understanding.

Interwoven with complexity, Chambers' installations are reminders of the strength found in community bonds.

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