Birds of a Feather is composed of artists’ works that directly respond to Jackman Humanities Institute Research Fellows’ projects. The works offer tools, commentary, and/or encouragement through visual or conceptual means. Silently, but not necessarily quietly, they image different forms of commonality and collectivity, incorporation and inclusion. They address the scholars and their work, but also the artworks around them, speaking to visitors about the relationships between projects, as well as introducing voices and points of views that enrich our understanding of collectivity. As an exhibition designed to draw a 1:1 relationship between research and artworks, Birds of a Feather prompts us to think about group dynamics and agency—of collectives, of individuals, and of individuals in collectives.
Presented in conjunction with the JHI’s 2020–2021 research theme, Collectives.
We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with additional project support from the Jackman Humanities Institute.