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Tracey-Mae Chambers: #hopeandhealingcanada
May 15 – August 15, 2023

With her project #hopeandhealingcanada, Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers has engaged with multiple public spaces across Turtle Island since July 2021, spanning historical residential school sites, cultural centres, museums and galleries. In these spaces, the artist creates site-specific installations, intricately constructed from knit, crochet or woven red yarns and then later removed. #hopeandhealingcanada aims to encourage conversations about decolonization and (re)conciliation. Reusing the red yarns as she travels from place to place highlights the labour of this project, but also its connectivity. The installations allow the artist to work with the environment and visitors in a temporary yet meaningful way, showing the relationships we all have with each other and the land, bringing forward the connections between First Nations, Inuit, Métis and settler communities. Chambers’s tangled webs of red yarn symbolically weave together a fractured society through themes of hope and healing. The images and stories of this project will culminate in an exhibition and a book at the end of 2024. 

#hopeandhealingcanada is installed on the exterior of Evergreen Cultural Centre, located in the core territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation. The kʷikʷəƛ̓əm people have lived in their traditional and ancestral territory, known as the Coquitlam Watershed, and the surrounding areas, since time immemorial and never ceded this land. The Art Gallery at Evergreen respectfully recognizes the ongoing work of this territory’s First Peoples to steward these lands.  

This temporary outdoor artwork is presented alongside the gallery exhibition Transmissions (May 13 – July 23), in which the exhibited artists draw on complex histories and rich cultural and personal practices connected to textiles. Their artworks explore how this medium holds boundless knowledge, transmitted over generations. 

Images: Installation view of #hopeandhealingcanada, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2023. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

About the Artist

Tracy-Mae Chambers is an installation artist and member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Chamberss family is from the traditional Métis community in Sault Ste. Marie and Penetanguishene, Ontario. Chambers discovered her Métis heritage as an adult, prompting a new mode of reflection and learning. Her artwork is informed by the environment and natural elements of the land. Chambers is currently working across Turtle Island with her projects #hopeandhealingcanada and #hopeandhealingusa (both begun in 2021) to encourage collective healing and understanding, educate others and start conversations on decolonization as she occupies public spaces with her presence and artwork.  
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