Public opening and book launch on Saturday April 1st from 4 to 8 pm – Free access
Guided tour with the artist and curator in english at 5 pm. Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dianne Bos uses a line from British poet and soldier Isaac Rosenberg’s famous WWI poem Break of Day in the Trenches for the title of this exhibition. The Sleeping Green. No man’s land 100 years later consists of extraordinary photographs taken in ‘no-man’s land’ between the trenches on the Western Front. Accompanying the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Arras and the Capture of Vimy Ridge, the exhibition wants to add a crucial poetic voice to the discourses on the Great War.
Between 2014 and 2016, Dianne Bos travelled through the battle sites in France and Belgium where Canadian soldiers fought. She used a variety of vintage and pinhole cameras, including a 100 year-old camera, to photograph the land a century after the Great War. On returning home to Canada, Bos further worked with the images in the darkroom by incorporating objects from the battle sites – such as rocks, leaves, and a bullet – during the analog printing process. By scattering these over the paper during printing, as well as dodging, burning, and overlaying maps of stars, she produces layers of imagery that convey the emotional depth of these extraordinary landscapes.
The Sleeping Green refers to the war indirectly and includes the viewpoints—real and imaginary—of the people who experienced the event and of those who are moved by that experience today.
The story of Dianne Bos and France has involved landscape, architecture and photography. It has to do with the memory of places, of artworks, and of those precious artifacts of popular culture that connect us to vanished worlds. The Sleeping Green is part of that story and its images do not represent as much as suggest a fleeting but powerful contact with the historical sites of the Western Front. In them, fighter planes are ghosts, only evoked by a genuine bullet that has come from the past to print the film and tear through a burning sky. In them, sheep are angels, peacefully grazing in a sleeping green.
This exhibition has been produced by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery in partnership with the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the University of Lethbridge Office of Research Services..