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Feb 28 - Dec 11, '22
The first impressions of the enormous works in Wanda Koop’s View from Here are starkness and intensity.

The evocative paintings feature prominent landscapes composed within the bald outline of a face, erasing the comfortable familiarity we have with both landscape and portrait. “With enormous pieces like this, you tend to get lost or overwhelmed, which, I think, is part of the intention,” says curator Riva Symko.

This re-hanging of the iconic Manitoban work in WAG-Qaumajuq feels incredibly timely in the context of climate change, especially with all the disasters, floods, fires, and droughts; seeing ourselves in the landscape more is something we have to start reconciling and considering. And here Koop has literally done that: the landscape is the face of the figure.

Many of the works reference specific Manitoban landscapes, giving a very real and personal context to the paintings for a viewer. This connection to place offers a kind of intimacy with the landscapes portrayed in View from Here.


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WAG-Qaumajuq recognizes that land acknowledgements are part of an ongoing dialogue with Indigenous Nations, and we are grateful to live and work on these lands and waters. Institutionally, WAG-Qaumajuq is committed to acknowledging our colonial history and we are actively working to interrogate the Gallery’s colonial ways of being. Read about some of our ongoing projects to interrupt the institution.
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