Step x Step: Walking as Remapping
The Art Gallery of Guelph is pleased to present a series of walks that offer new insight into everyday landscapes in our community. Led by artists and community members, the series not only supports local knowledge, but highlights how walking can be a means of resisting how place in perceived in conventional maps—as well as the colonialism, racism, and ableism that has informed them. Each walk will focus on different aspects and areas of the city of Guelph, bringing awareness to histories and environments that may have been erased or are hidden from view. Join us for each walk in this series that collectively remaps the city’s public history with everyday experiences.
Sunday, November 14 | 2 – 4 pm
Remapping the River | Plant Walk with Christina Kingsbury and Danielle Gehl Hagel
Eramosa River, Royal Recreation Trail
Free | In-person | To register, email Nicole Neufeld at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join artist and herbalist Danielle Gehl Hagel and artist Christina Kingsbury for a foraging walk and conversation along the banks of the Eramosa River, learning about how plant life tells its own story of migration and dislocation, disruption and regeneration. Exploring the history of the riverbanks as former landfills and fluid spaces of botanical reclamation, the walk will be a chance to share knowledge, dreams, and thoughts related to plants and the land. In the context of Kingsbury’s work with Meech Boakye on view at the gallery, the artists use the idea of ‘transplant’ as a way of rethinking the connections between plant and human bodies, considering the relationship between plants that have migrated without agency and the ways that human bodies have been transplanted against their will through displacement and enslavement. Registration is required as space is limited.
Image credit: Christina Kingsbury with Arthur Churchyard, Carol Tyler, and Katie Ewald, Listening: Soil, 2019. Photo by Ahmri Vandeborne