The Fairest Order in the World is Nova Scotia’s first exhibition of works by Cape Breton-born, Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Sameer Farooq. Curated by Mona Filip, the exhibition offers a poetic and thought-provoking exploration of museums’ colonial histories through a mixed media installation that probes notions of provenance, repatriation, and repair.
The works in the exhibition prompt visitors to reflect on the fraught and violent histories that have prevailed in these institutions over time and envision what they might become through the mechanics of restitution, what they may shift to collect and document, and what kind of experiences they could nurture.
The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Quilts is a collaboration between the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia (BANNS), and the Vale Quilters Association, a group comprised of mostly Black women from the Vale Road area of New Glasgow, and Nova Scotia’s only incorporated guild of Black quilters.
The Secret Codes explores the unique tradition and evolution of quilt-making in Nova Scotia’s Black communities over the past century. Presenting works by more than twenty-five quiltmakers and painters, the exhibition highlights the ways that quilts have functioned as decorated blankets, as coded communication for people escaping slavery, as documentary records of community and family history, as a celebration of Black women and Black culture, and as a foundation for other art forms.