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Forced Migration
By Michelle Wilson
February 4 to April 3, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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In this interactive textile map, Michelle Wilson stitches together organic and technological material to memorialize specific bison killed, captured, or bred in an effort to save the species from extinction. “When viewers touch a segment of this journey, they will hear an associated story; not a straightforward narrative but a glimpse at the places, beings (human and non-human) and tales that have shaped our current relationships with bison.”

The audio stories in "Forced Migration" take as their focal point men who tried to control the bison establishing themselves as 'saviours', the bison who lived in reciprocity with one another and the Land, and the colonial system of conservation itself.

Sound design is by Angus Cruikshank. The textile map is made from wool (felted and roving), embroidery thread, conductive thread, glass beads, copper tape, wood and imitation sinew.