Going Back to the Land

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Join a conversation with Amish Morrel, editor of C Magazine.

Doing Our Own Thing

In the early 1970s, hundreds of people fled major cities for rural parts of Atlantic Canada, heading “back-to-the-land” and forming a rich counterculture that was shaped by its isolated rural surroundings as much as by global forces such as the sexual revolution and new communications technologies.

Join a conversation at Connexion ARC with curator Amish Morrell, using artworks and documentary fragments to talk about this recent history, 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23.

Discussion will roam through National Film Board photographer George Thomas’s images of back-to-the-land families, read from personal accounts of a free-school in Cape Breton which focused on sexual exploration and discovery as a way of overcoming social repression, look to publications like the Whole Earth Catalog and Harrowsmith Magazine, and consider projects by contemporary visual artists, including Fenn Martin, Simon Brown and Sheila Wilson.

Amish Morrell is Editor of C Magazine​, an international publication of art and cultural criticism, and the co-curator of “Doing Our Own Thing: Going Back-to-the-Land in Atlantic Canada during the 1970s” an exhibition presented by the Cape Breton University​ Art Gallery, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery​.

Connexion ARC is Fredericton’s artist-run centre for contemporary art, located on the first floor of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street.

Doing Our own Thing | Connexion ARC | Sunday August 23, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.

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