Exhibition // We Are From Nicodemus—Deanna Bowen (March 21 - April 27, 2019) @ McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London, Ontario

Deanna Bowen,  We Are From Nicodemus  (2017) ,  Installation View (Mcintosh Gallery, UWO, 2019)

Deanna Bowen, We Are From Nicodemus (2017), Installation View (Mcintosh Gallery, UWO, 2019)

This spring, The Family Camera Network had the opportunity to bring Deanna Bowen’s work, We Are From Nicodemus, to London audiences at the McIntosh Gallery. In We Are From Nicodemus, Deanna Bowen traces threads of her family history as it relates to historical accounts of African American migration from the Midwest to the Canadian Prairies. The installation, first shown at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of The Family Camera exhibition (2017), explores intersections between photography and migration and recovers a history of struggle and emancipation. The video documents Bowen’s first meeting with her cousin, Angela Bates, with whom she connected after finding a photograph of Angela’s grandmother, Elizabeth Risby Williams, during her genealogical research. Through a series of interviews presented in eight episodes, she builds connections with extended family members, recovering stories of her family’s migration from Nicodemus, Kansas to Campsie, Alberta in the early 1900s.

Deanna Bowen,  We Are From Nicodemus  (2017) ,  Installation View (Mcintosh Gallery, UWO, 2019)

Deanna Bowen, We Are From Nicodemus (2017), Installation View (Mcintosh Gallery, UWO, 2019)

Deanna Bowen,  We Are From Nicodemus  (2017) ,  Installation View (S. Bassnett, 2019)

Deanna Bowen, We Are From Nicodemus (2017), Installation View (S. Bassnett, 2019)