About the Exhibition
Bodies in Translation: Age and creativity brings together artists from the Atlantic region whose work challenges assumptions about aging and explores the lived experience of aging as it relates to identity, culture, embodiment, sexuality and disability.
Artists’ work in the exhibition will address how experiences that come with age, such as aging with and into disability, can inspire alternate forms of embodiment, culture and art practice. For example, in what ways does aging shape an artist’s practice? Or alternately, how does artistic practice shape how we relate to aging? And how do social and cultural expectations shape our experience of aging?
The exhibit will be promoted as part of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging’s (NSCA) 25th Anniversary celebrations and is a partnership between MSVU, NSCA and Bodies in Translation (SSHRC-Funded Partnership Project).
With an accessible curatorial contribution from Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity will animate and reflect a commitment to imagining art and creative space as a site of social transformation. The exhibition will be organized and presented to the public with an inclusive framework.
Established in 1992, the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (NSCA) is a university based research centre that conducts applied research on age-related issues. Our mission is to advance knowledge on aging to inform social policy and practice and enhance the quality of life of older people and their families. Our values include: collaboration with others, inter- and trans- disciplinary focus, excellence in our research, engagement with multiple and diverse voices.
About Bodies in Translation
Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life (ReVision: Centre for Art and Social Change at University of Guelph and Tangled Art + Disability) in a seven-year SSHRC-funded Partnership project that brings together universities, community groups, and arts organizations to interrogate Canadian activist art, defined in this grant as Deaf, disability, and Mad art, fat art, Indigenous art, and art created by aging/aged people and Elders. We aim to create a publicly accessible archive of activist art in Canada, think through the ways technology opens up possibilities for creating, exhibiting, and experiencing art, and evaluate how the ability to access and experience activist art in galleries and theatres, online, in public space, and in curriculum changes the ways we all understand embodied difference and, in this way, contribute to social change.