Posted on November 17, 2021
Tyler J. Stewart reviews Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre in Banff, Canada.
Sound is often perceived as an object or a product, when it might be better understood as an action or a process. Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, on view at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre until Dec. 5, considers sound and its properties from many perspectives – not just as an act of reclaiming the power of Indigenous languages that colonialism sought to extinguish, but also to imagine the possible futurities of Indigenous aurality. This large group exhibition focuses on decentring extractive modes of colonial hearing in favour of Indigenous modalities of relational listening.
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Image Credit: Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, installation view, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, 2021. Courtesy of Walter Phillips Gallery and ICI. Photo: Rita Taylor