Exhibit presented at SMU Art Gallery wins major award

An image from  Grand Theft Terra Firma , by artists David Campion and Sandra Shield.

An image from Grand Theft Terra Firma, by artists David Campion and Sandra Shield.

The exhibition presented at SMU AG this past summer, Grand Theft Terra Firma, has been honoured with a major award.

The British Columbia Museums Association, in its annual Awards for Outstanding Achievement, has bestowed the Award of Merit for Excellence in Exhibitions on The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, the originating gallery of the touring exhibition.

Laura Schneider, Director of The Reach and curator of the exhibition, explains that “the exhibition takes a hard look at settler responsibility and white fragility through the lens of historical narrative, and critically examines the role that museums have played in establishing, entrenching, and perpetuating a particularly myopic version of our national history.”

Artists Sandra Shields and David Campion produced the work, in close partnership with the Stó:lō First Nation, on whose land the artists live.

Grand Theft Terra Firma was exhibited at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery from June 9 to August 5, 2018.

Read more about the exhibit at these links:

http://halifaxmag.com/blog/the-great-game/

https://www.cbc.ca/arts/grand-theft-terra-firma-turns-canada-s-brutal-history-into-a-video-game-1.4054938