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Terms of Engagement:
Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson
Essays by Christine Conley and Kirsty Robertson.
Co-published with Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax and the Esker Foundation, Calgary.
Year: 2014
68 pp
$30.00 softcover
ISBN: 978-1-55339-403-7


Terms of Engagement: Avers, feldman-kiss, Stimson presents work by three Canadian artists who were deployed to conflict zones between 2009 and 2011 as participants in the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP). Exemplifying CFAP’s arms-length relationship to artists, their diverse responses explore narratives of genocide, the traumatic legacy of colonialism and the War on Terror. With the works in the show encompassing a varied array of media including photography, video, painting, drawing and installation, Terms of Engagement offers a multifaceted and critical engagement with Canada’s international role as a nation of warriors and peacekeepers. The exhibition is curated by Christine Conley and organized by the MSVU Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax; the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston; and the Esker Foundation, Calgary. Essays by the curator and Kirsty Robertson explore the artists’ particular practices and experiences with CFAP. Through this body of work, Terms of Engagement offers a new understanding of how contemporary artists engage with the Canadian Forces, and how art can be used to represent, convey and parse the complicated histories and experiences of conflict.