Inside the Bonavista Biennale
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
“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.