A familiar word around Albany, Amity, is also the title of an exhibition depicting an ideal of armistice.
Denmark artist Ruth Halbert and Melbourne’s Emily Murch have joined forces to reflect on the historic moment through textiles, text and installation.
The exhibition aims to unravel the usual narratives of a heroic Anzac victory and a just peace.
Halbert said the duo wanted to explore the hopes and promises of armistice and their ongoing relevance.
“We have focused on some of the voices, imagery and art forms that were overlooked and silenced in 1918, and explore what they can say about the world we live in today,” she said.
“One hundred years on from the ‘war to end all wars’ what have we achieved?
“For the promise of peace to be reached, citizens and their institutions need to actively work for it.
“Peace is much more than an absence of war and we intend to evoke a spirit of reflection and, hopefully, include some optimism by running events for public engagement and dialogue.”
The works consist of handmade textiles, text and abstract paintings, with guests moving between the loud panels and quiet gallery.
Halbert said the word Amity means friendship especially the co-operative and supportive relationship between people or animals.
“The term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge, esteem, affection and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis. It also means mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations.
“The exhibition is not an attempt to illustrate history but to ask some questions about what we think we know and about our relationship to the events of World War 1.”
The pair will run a free twosession sock knitting class on November 17 and 24 from 12:30-3pm. To book call 0404 184 380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be mending sessions for people to share and learn on November 13, 20 and 27 from 1-3 pm. An artist talk will be held on November 17 at 11am in the gallery.
Amity opens at Vancouver Arts Centre at 6pm tonight and runs until December 7.
Amity opens at the Vancouver Arts Centre tonight.
Textiles, text and installations will bring Amity to life.