fbpx

They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds

Through painted portraits, viewers will encounter a survivor, and feel echoes of their individual strength and courage.

Type of Exhibition: Art

Paintings by Carol Wylie

Artist Statement: I began this project to preserve the memories of Holocaust survivors. However, I was struck by similarities around methods of oppression regarding the Indigenous residential school experience. Indian Affairs’ Duncan Campbell Scott’s 1910 dubbing of residential schools as “The Final Solution” preceded Hitler’s similar pronouncement regarding the “Jewish problem.” Separating families, shearing hair, replacing names with numbers are ways to dehumanize and other. Also, Indigenous and Jewish survivors have worked together to educate about their respective histories. These connections inspired this project. The title derives from Dinos Christianopoulos’ They buried us…they didn’t know we were seeds. The intent is that these portraits will give viewers a chance to encounter a survivor they may never meet and feel echoes of their individual strength and courage. The eighteen portraits reference “chai” or “life”; with life comes hope.

Carol Wylie is a portrait artist with an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and BFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Her work is included in exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., collections, including Sask-Arts permanent collection, and she was a finalist in the Kingston Portrait Prize 2015 and Salt Spring National Art Prize 2021.

To receive the latest news on art exhibits and other Arts, Culture and Jewish Community programs, subscribe to Culture at the J. For questions, comments and purchase information please email Deanna Di Lello, Arts & Culture Coordinator, deannad@mnjcc.org

Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

Start Date:

October 1, 2021

End Date:

October 31, 2021

Access anytime

Virtual

Virtual Gallery

Accessibility

If accessibility options not listed, please contact the venue to confirm

Share on facebook
Share
Share on twitter
Share
Share on email
Share

Related Exhibitions

Virtual

November 4, 2019

-April 29, 2022

Thresholds is a new Koffler.Digital podcast hosted and produced by Maya Bedward in collaboration with members of Holland Bloorview’s Youth Advisory Council. 

Virtual

November 11, 2020

-November 11, 2022

Over 17,000 Canadian Jews enlisted in the military during WWII. Through their personal collections, preserved at the OJA, we can learn about these Canadian Jewish servicemen and women and the Jewish organizations that aided them.

Virtual

May 1, 2021

-May 31, 2023

A virtual tour of Toronto’s historic Kensington Market. Scroll through all eight stops and watch the streets come to life though guided videos presenting the sights and sounds of the one-time Jewish Market.

Gallery

October 4, 2021

-March 20, 2022

Periphery will illustrate the ways that Jewish people in Ontario, with intersecting social identities, negotiate a sense of place and recognition and reflect on what periphery means to them.
Supported by

Get the latest from Kultura Collective

Copyright © 2022 UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. All Rights Reserved.
Dates and times subject to change without notice.
Skip to content