This installation at Mountain View Cemetery is a memorial for those people in
British Columbia’s past who were on the ‘outside’ of society: the men, women
and children who spent time in institutions such as Woodlands Provincial Lunatic
Alsylum, Essondale (later to become Riverview), and the BC Penitentiary.
The memory of these institutions has become our reflection; a reminder of the
ways in which we hide our ‘cultural blemishes’, our societal fears, our attempts
at civilization. It is important for the people who lived in these places to be
acknowledged in some way – a remembrance that they lived.
This project was partially inspired by early negatives taken of inmates from
the BC Penitentiary. These negatives were available thanks to Peter Murphy,
Professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages of Thompson
Local artists Rosanne Bennett, Erin Busswood, Katherine Coe and Leanne
Currie have an interest in creating visual stories that respond
to the traditional iconic imagery found in the representation of life and personal
histories growing up in rural BC.
A Night For All Souls, Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver BC