Steven Nunoda will talk about his work and current exhibition Ghostown, being held at the U of C Founders’ Gallery, The Military Museums, Calgary, on display thru April 13, 2020. The talk is held at the U of C Main Campus in the Gallery Hall of Nickle Galleries, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.
Nunoda’s art explores questions of family life, culture and place, memory and identity. Ghostown is a large-scale sculptural installation addressing personal and familial fallout stemming from Japanese Canadian internment during World War II. The term “Ghost-town” was used by many people of the artist’s grandparent’s generation to refer not only to the camps –many of which were established in abandoned mining settlements in the interior of British Columbia— but also to their internment experienceThis project has been exhibited nationally, most recently at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto as part of Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world.
As a Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist, Steven Nunoda’s art practice is oriented towards sculpture and installation, exploring questions of culture and place, memory and identity, and family life. Employing a variety of media including miniatures, woodcarving, found-objects, photography, and time-based strategies, Nunoda’s work is physically and aesthetically diverse, acquiring form to suit the subject. Projects often comprise long-term thematically interrelated research endeavours, as is the case with the ongoing Ghostown.