“Faded Memories of Home” by Tom Wilson

Explore the Powerful Installation “Faded Memories of Home” by Tom Wilson at The Isabel

Are you ready to embark on a thought-provoking journey through the pages of history? Join us at The Isabel as we invite you to experience the evocative installation, “Faded Memories of Home” by the multi-talented artist, Tom Wilson. This remarkable exhibition is a poignant exploration of the systemic erasure of Indigenous culture in residential schools, a chapter of history that continues to reverberate through generations.

About the Installation:

“Faded Memories of Home” immerses you in the heart-wrenching narrative of the residential school experience. At its core, the exhibit recreates a colonial classroom, featuring nine meticulously rebuilt residential school desks. Within each of these desks lies a powerful symbol of the lost connections and shattered lives – photographs of children’s families. As you navigate the rows of desks, these images gradually disappear, poignantly illustrating the profound loss of identities, families, culture, and language.

Tom Wilson, the brilliant mind behind this installation, is not only a musician but also a visual artist and writer of novels and non-fiction. His own personal journey adds a deeply personal layer to this exhibit. At the age of fifty-three, he discovered that he was adopted, and his true heritage is Kahnawake Mohawk. Furthermore, the woman he had grown up believing was his aunt was, in fact, his mother. Wilson’s exploration of his own white upbringing against the backdrop of his newfound family and culture is a compelling story that resonates with many.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Special Evening Hours:
    • Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 PM
    • Friday, September 22 at 5:00 PM
    • Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 PM
    • Wednesday, September 27 at 5:00 PM
  • Guided Afternoon Tours:
    • Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:00 PM.
  • Guided Evening Tours:
    • Friday, September 22
    • Saturday, September 23
    • Wednesday, September 27
    • All at 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, and 6:30 PM.

Join Us for an Enlightening Experience:

This is an opportunity to delve deep into a crucial chapter of Canadian history and reflect on its lasting impact. “Faded Memories of Home” is a testament to the resilience and strength of Indigenous communities in the face of adversity. It is a chance for all of us to learn, empathize, and stand in solidarity with those who have suffered.

We invite you, your friends, and your family to join us at The Isabel for this remarkable installation. Admission is free, and we guarantee that your visit will leave you with a heightened sense of awareness and a profound appreciation for the power of art in telling important stories.

Let us come together to honor the past, understand the present, and shape a more inclusive and compassionate future. See you at “Faded Memories of Home” by Tom Wilson at The Isabel.

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