Comment un castor qui est posé sur la couronne peut devenir un tableau de Guido Molinari, et d’autres transitions…
The last couple of days, people came over to the house I grew up in and they let me explain, and stumble through, the historical and personal research I have been doing about North York and Toronto.
I read them parts of Treaty No. 13, a very troubling legal document of the surrender of the land north of Lake Ontario from the Mississaugas of New Credit to the British Crown. The land upon which my house sits is subject to this treaty.
This is the space in between the beaver (Castor Canadensis) and the (British) crown stretched out a bit.
Almost exactly like a Guido Molinari painting
The project in the house is trying to balance the way in which personal identity and political identity are ever present, one imbricating the other. A study of how one thing resembles another, or how the outside informs the inside.
Spending almost two months in the house and looking closely.
Transition for me is about looking closely, or inventing news ways of looking.
I’m remembering that for so many years I felt that taking on political identities was reductive and impersonal, and I resisted. Now, the hesitation and the resistance to transition interest me just as much as a transition itself. The doubt that produces the emerging form.
See more from k.g. Guttman TOMORROW, MARCH 8 at the EDGY COLLOQUE