Patrick Mahon, “Caledonia Occupation Site – from Photograph by Jeff Thomas (2008),” 2021
GardenShip and State
Museum London
October 2021-January 2022

Curators: Jeff Thomas and Patrick Mahon

Ron Benner, Lori Blondeau, Sean Caulfield, Paul Chartrand, Tom Cull, Amelia Faye, Michael Farnan, Joan Greer, Jamelie Hassan, Sharmistha Kar, Jessica Karuhanga, Mark Kasumovic, Patrick Mahon, Mary Mattingly, Quinn Smallboy, Ashley Snook, Adrian Stimson, Jeff Thomas, Andres Villar, Michelle Wilson

This exhibition brought together 20 artists and writers who engage in decolonial critique, environmental activism, and 21st century artistic practices to address what is arguably the problem of our times: environmental catastrophe. It asked how we can work together, and create together as a global community to restore the planet – while respecting differences, and seeking to repair divisions and address injustices brought about by colonialism.

This exhibition was a multi-sensory experience that inhabited the Ivey Galleries and spilled into adjacent areas of the Museum, both inside and out. Comprising textiles, photography, sculpture, video, gardening, and installation, the show invites visitors to see, to touch (COVID-19 measures in place), and to engage with aesthetically rich and culturally complex artworks that are simultaneously provocative and challenging, and also sources of hope.