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“Space Fiction & the Archives” transports the viewer to the small town of St. Paul, Alberta, in 1967. The exhibition presents a short film titled “1967: A People Kind of Place” and an archive of various documents and artifacts (some reproduced) that serve as markers for artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn’s thoughtful exploration of immigration reform in Canada. Canada’s centenary was a time of unparalleled optimism as the country unveiled ambitious projects showcasing its culture and history to the world. One of these projects was the construction of the world’s first “UFO Landing Pad” that was built in St. Paul. This curious construction was proclaimed a “symbol of Western hospitality” by Paul Hellyer then Minister of National Defence. This monument for hospitality becomes a focal point for the artist’s investigation of significant changes in Canadian immigration regulations at the time. “Space Fiction & the Archives” looks macroscopically at a space of incongruities and optimism from where a new vocabulary around belonging and co-existence, and the will to imagine a different geography of encounters, can emerge.
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