Chantal Gibson Artist-Educator
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Vancouver BC

Historical In(ter)ventions

If you took away the white space, what would the text do? What would it say? 

Are there Other ways of reading history?


My collection of altered history book sculptures is an ongoing project that explores the boundaries and limitations of 'the book' as a bound container of fixed truths. 


Black thread is used a rhetorical device, as a metaphor for text and a marker of Otherness--of new voices.  The braided, twisted content challenges what has and has not been made visible. It acts as an extension of the content, to challenge the ideas and ideologies embedded in them, to reinterpret and rewrite the master narrative, and to create new possibilities for reading and writing history. 


Started in 2011, the works range from small hand held books to large scale public installations

See a selection below: