East/West: The Capture of Mary March

June 10 – July 30, 2005
Artist Talk, Exhibition

About the Program

Rebecca Belmore's East/West: The Capture of Mary March uses the capture and captivity of Desmasduit, one of the last Indigenous people of Newfoundland as the starting point for a mediation on the history of colonization. Fire, a Victorian chair, a portrait of Desmasduit, and the two oceans encompassing the colonized land stand as symbols for isolation, assimilation, and the final self-contemplation of history that is embodied in the story of Mary March (Desmasduit) and metaphorically extended into contemporary culture.

The exhibition was accompanied by an artist talk on July 14, 2005.


2005.0610 EAS


grunt gallery (second location)
116-350 E. 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 4R8
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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