For this thought-provoking exhibition, the AGA commissioned artists to envision and create a ‘nest’ to cope with the end of the world; however it may come about. From hopeful and optimistic to humorous and ironic, these ‘nests’ offer reprieve, refuge, rejuvenation and difficult truths. This timely exhibition is a response to our current tumultuous and polarized world where we see the rise of Nationalism, the clashing of belief systems, environmental destruction and the fight to mitigate climate change. Nests will spark conversations and inspire you to think about what your own personal nest might be, how you face current challenges both big and small, and what the future might look like.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Curated by Amery Calvelli, Catherine Crowston, Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Lindsey Sharman and Jessie Ray Short.
The exhibition includes a special interpretive project “I Want Out” created in partnership with local designers Leigh and Victoria Wright of VIGNETTES and Amos Kajner-Nonnekes of DESIGN etcetera. Mindful contributions were made by local collaborators Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic from the Glass Bookshop who curated a bibliography for the project, as well as yoga Instructor Tori Lunden who created a visualization exercise to accompany the exhibition. This space is a retreat from the outside world, a place of self-reflection, for us to think about how to deal with difficult times and potentially come to solutions before this time comes.