Blind Date (Part I and II)
Artists: Jeremy Borsos, Gwen Curry, Heather Keenan, Yvette Poorter, Anna-mary Schmidt, Sylvie Bussieres, Gaétan Gosselin, François Lamontagne, Isabelle Laverdiere and Karen Pick
Exhibition Coordinators: Daniel Béland (Quebec) and Sue Donaldson (Victoria)
Date: March 8 to 31, 1996 (Quebec) and September 12 to October 5, 1996 (Victoria)
At L'Oeil de Poisson, Québec City and Open Space in Victoria. This exhibition was part of a Victoria-Québec City exchange. The first part ran in Quebec in March of 1996 and the second phase of Blind Date opened in September at Open Space with the work of Québec City artists Sylvie Bussieres, Gaétan Gosselin, François Lamontagne, Isabelle Laverdiere and Karen Pick who were welcomed by their Victoria colleagues.
Gwen Curry, Inventory III (Requiem), 1995
Victoria artists Jeremy Borsos, Gwen Curry, Heather Keenan, Yvetter Poorter and Anna-mary Schmidt presented work with their five Quebec counterparts that considered the idea of identity through a three-month mail correspondence which influenced the work on the exhibition.
Blind Date was about bring together artists from centres of anglophone and francophone identity to consider not just linguistic and cultural notions of difference and similarity, but those of geography, social history and ideology—a mapping of cultural ecology.