Opening Reception and Artist talk: Friday January 8, 2010, 7:30 pm
Additional Talk: Friday March 19, 7:30pm
Catalogue co-produced by Art Gallery of Mississauga and Dunlop Art Gallery
We are deluged by reports of crimes, violent acts, regrettable incidents, and seemingly senseless criminal activity. The media presents very simplistic versions of these events – who, when, where, what. The rest of us try to make sense of what seems to be an alarming increase in crime committed in our communities. We often look for someone to blame – the system, the schools, the police, drugs, the offenders themselves. One of the most common responses is ‘where are the mothers’? The easiest approach is to dismiss these women as bad mothers, unable or unwilling to properly raise and guide their offspring.
In Where were the Mothers?, Linda Duvall has worked with professional musicians in Ontario to assist individuals who have taken alternative paths to write songs about their mothers. Duvall also gives voice to mothers whose offspring have taken paths other than what one expects for one’s adored babies. These alternative paths may include involvement with the legal system, battles with addictions, living or working on the street, or related directions. Edited excerpts from these two related processes are being prepared for a multi-channel video and sound installation to be presented at both Dunlop Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and a catalogue is being co-published by the two galleries. Each gallery presentation will include related artifacts such as preliminary lyrics and musical notations.