In­side the Bon­av­ista Bi­en­nale

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET

The Bon­av­ista Bi­en­nale, a 24-site art ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the work of 26 Cana­dian artists – about 10 of whom are from New­found­land and Labrador – has opened to the pub­lic.

Each exhibit of­fers guests the op­por­tu­nity to en­counter con­tem­po­rary art in tra­di­tional com­mu­nity buildings and set­tings – com­mu­nity halls, a church, a pop­u­lar look-out, a root cel­lar, a her­itage site, a beach, and even a cof­fee shop.

“We think that art is a re­ally im­por­tant tool for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and for get­ting peo­ple to think in new ways and have some con­ver­sa­tion about thee things,” ex­plained cu­ra­tor Pa­tri­cia Grat­tan. “It helps you see the world in a dif­fer­ent kind of way. And this is a chance to show art in the con­text of

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“When you in­vert some­thing, you draw at­ten­tion to it,” says Rein­hard Reitzen­stein of his exhibit “Waiting/Watch­ing/Waiting.” The exhibit de­picts nine in­verted tress, mostly firs. The num­ber nine was cho­sen, ex­plains Reitzen­stein, be­cause in In­dige­nous cul­tures it is re­garded as the num­ber of the uni­verse.

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