This event will feature Major Brent Beardsley, who served 32 years, around the world, as an infantry officer in the Canadian Forces. With his experience, including as the military assistant to General (now Senator) Romeo Dallaire of Canada before and during the genocide and civil war in Rwanda, Major Beardsley will offer a unique perspective on the issues raised by the contemporary art in Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson.
This exhibition presents work by three artists who have recently been deployed to different conflict zones, embedded alongside Canadian troops as participants in the Canadian Forces Artists Program. Using artworks as touchstones for discussion, the conversation will focus on the history and future of Canada’s role within international peacekeeping in a bid to unpack the complex relationship between culture and conflict. Jamie Swift, a Kingston writer and activist affiliated with Queen’s University, and coauthor of Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety (2013), will facilitate the discussion.
This free event is a collaboration with PeaceQuest.