Nuit Blanche Location Of My Father's Ashes

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A billboard-sized image of a rocky overlook in San Francisco. While the location is specific to one person's grief, it suggests the randomness of any loss.

The picture's scale asks the question: What's for sale here?

On closer study, the image remains ambiguous.

The artist's father is one of the estimated 39 million people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the first recorded case in 1981. As he continues to fade into the past, his daughter conjures him in ordinary ways. While the AIDS epidemic led to many public monuments, the number is of course dwarfed by the similarly site-specific locations of private grief. Whatever its wider societal attachments, mourning is personal, and tends to the idiosyncratic.



Artist Bio:
Margaret Flood is a Hamilton ON based interdisciplinary artist. She has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a MFA from the University of Guelph. Her work is a consideration of time through the re-purposing of everyday objects. Duration and autobiography are themes central to her practice. Through collection, organization and documentation she attempts to make work that is both conceptual and devotional. The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
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By: Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA)

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