Exhibition: October 8th to November 30th, 2008
At the UAS +15 Window Gallery
Certainly, everything must disappear. All of our efforts to struggle against death, against disappearance, are in vain. When someone dies, it is what I have called the little memory that truly disappears. Everything they knew; their stories, their favorite books, their memories... Everything that forms us and constructs us disappears totally when we die. The great history is in books but the little history is very fragile.1
- Christian Boltanski
The concept of collective memory is compelling - the idea that a single image can stir feelings in a myriad of viewers is emblematic of a deep-seated desire to belong to a group; it is human nature to seek connections with other individuals. This desire becomes a shared experience enabling connections to form, thus providing a sense of comfort derived from the identification with larger cultural signifiers.
Originally from Pickering, ON, Belanger earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. A lover of all things kitsch, Erin's theoretical and studio research interests include imitation and the inauthentic; the miniature and the gigantic; and preservation and collective memory. Currently based in Calgary, AB, Erin divides her time between her independent practice and her work as an arts administrator for TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary.