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    Melinda Mollineaux, Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History (BG6042).
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
  • <em>Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History</em>
Artwork

Cadboro Bay: Index to an Incomplete History

Artist/Creator
Melinda Mollineaux (Artist)
Date
1998/2021
ID #
BG6042

Physical Description

Medium
gelatin silver print, vinyl
Support
paper
Dimensions
Object Description
This work is made of 8 photographs depicting the shoreline and foliage of Cadboro Bay in Victoria, BC, where Black settlers from San Francisco landed after fleeing the fugitive slave law of 1850. The Bay is also the ancestral land of the Lekwungen Checkonien people, as was known as Sungayka prior to the migrants' arrival. The wall vinyl is about Emancipation Day picnics held there every August 1.

Mollineaux's pinhole photography demands the photographer's extended presence; although bodies remain invisible in this work, the images map Mollineaux’s own presence in Cadboro Bay and thus Canadian Black history onto its landscape. Cadboro Bay examines the absence and erasure of Black bodies in the making of BC and Canada's colonial narrative.

8 framed gelatin silver prints
31 x 38.5 x 3.2 cm (BG6042)
31 x 38.5 x 3.2 cm (BG6043)
53.5 x 43.5 x 3.2 cm (BG6044)
53.5 x 43.5 x 3.2 cm (BG6045)
106.5 x 81.5 x 5.5 cm (BG6046)
96.5 x 127 x 5.5 cm (BG6047)
96.5 x 127 x 5.5 cm (BG6048)
Wall vinyl dimensions are variable (BG6049)

Wall vinyl text:

John Craven Jones predicted rain ∙ J.J. Moore spoke in tongues ∙ Elizabeth Leonard realized her betrayal ∙ Rebecca Gibbs tended fires ∙ Sarah Jane Douglas Moses knew she would leave ∙ Willis Bond gave libations ∙ Samuel Booth wanted more ∙ Emma Stark laughed to tears ∙ Samuel Ramsay, who usually worked feverishly, fell asleep ∙ Priscilla Stewart gathered shells for no reason ∙  Nancy Alexander tended to children ∙ Samuel Ringo listened to birdsongs ∙ Nathan Pointer resurrected himself ∙ Fortune Richard scanned the horizon ∙  Sarah Lester dreamed in music ∙  Mifflin Wistar Gibbs’ bones ached ∙ Mary Lowe Barnswell knew ecstasy ∙ Stephen Whitley folded the surface ∙ Cornelius Charity discerned a truth ∙
Sungayka
 

History

Collection
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Permanent Collection
Credit Line
Purchased with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2021
Related Exhibitions
Start Somewhere Else: Works from the Collection

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