Vyshyvani Kazky, Embroidered Stories
Presented in partnership with the CONTACT Photography Festival as a Core Exhibition.
From one bread basket to another, the first wave of Ukrainians arrived in Saskatchewan, on treaty 4 territory – the traditional lands of the nêhiyawak (Cree), Anihšināpēk (Saulteaux), Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, as well as the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. The Ukrainians’ agrarian knowledge and labour was obliquely utilized in the Crown’s colonial project as they were simultaneously dispossessed of their lands back home via the Soviet collectivization project. The artist’s ancestors were one of many caught between these imperialist projects of the early 1900s.
This exhibition presents a triptych of lens-based generational returns by Ukrainian-Canadian artist Ayla Dmyterko. Mediated through diasporic imagination, she traces the path of her ancestors from the Carpathian Mountains and the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Western Ukraine; through the Glasgow Ports, where she is currently based; to Montréal, where she studied; back to the prairies, where she was raised. Unravelling the complex histories of place, her auto-ethnography catalyses intersectional dialogue within settler-imperialist legacies, both in the East and in the West.
April 30-May 28. Artist talk 7 pm May 19 (Presented in partnership with St. Vladimir Institute. To register for the zoom, click here). Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas West.