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Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing

August 19, 2021 — December 4, 2021

From suburbs to farmlands to the heart of densely populated cities, birds dwell wherever humans have settled. Some find ways to thrive in these ever-transforming ecologies, while others are adversely impacted, if not threatened with extinction. In their varied ways of cohabiting with humans, birds offer rich situations to reflect on the implications of living in more-than-human worlds. For their exhibition entitled Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing, Canadian artist duo Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens present recent works that explore points of contact between birds and humans in an effort to expand the meaning of hospitality, care, communication, and attentiveness between species. Comprised of interrelated bodies of sculptural and video work, the scope of the exhibition’s research stretches into the distant past while also drawing us into possible futures. The show pays particular attention to human co-existence with nature here in the Great Plains and asks us to expand our ability to imagine and build shared worlds for generations of avians, humans, and a host of other species. The exhibition was created with the support of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, where it was first shown in 2019-2020. The exhibition was organized by Sylvie Fortin, Bemis Center Curator-in-Residence 2019-2021. Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens also thank the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their financial support.

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