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Calculating Upon the Unforeseen curated by Clara HalpernEmbassy, 2017

der-bohnenturm / the Bean Tower (Berlin, Germany), 2010

Cedric Bomford - Victoria, Canada
Verena Kaminiarz - Victoria, Canada

Embassy is an imagined, temporary, foreign mission. The official residence or offices of a nation’s ambassador symbolize a country outside of its borders. Though these residences, built of bricks and mortar, adorned with national flags and symbols of identity, appear to be fixed, they are guests, their presence dependent on diplomatic relationships between nations, which can range from steadfast and consistent to complex, shifting, at times, even volatile.

This installation is designed to adapt to the site where it is located; which can be seen as opportunistic, parasitic and political. Though large in scale, it is constructed from familiar materials - metal scaffolding wrapped in printed vinyl, materials most often used to cover the facade of a building undergoing construction. It suggests a space half-realized, as if on its way to becoming something larger, something more permanent. Given the current trend of hardening nationalism around the world, it seems fitting to reflect on notions of national identity. Forever in progress, Embassy requires visitors to complete the structure in their minds. 

Cedric Bomford has been exhibiting internationally for the past 15 years. His practice grows out of an interest in power relations within constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale ad hoc installations. His recent body of work is informed by a rigorous photographic practice.

Verena Kaminiarz's practice deals with the problematic intersections between science and art, with a focus on ethics in relation to living creatures. Recently her works have been included in exhibitions in Prague, Budapest and Victoria, BC.



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Dundas Street West & Chestnut Street

Suitable for all ages

Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter program

This project is outdoors.