An Expedition

with Sam Cotter
35mm carousel slideshow with artifacts and text.

In An Expedition, Cotter and McCallum satirize the surveyor-scientist figure ubiquitous in 19th century ethnography and
anthropology, an archetype whose norms resonate across settler colonial imaginaries of conquest and exploration. The artists perform these characters at Toronto’s Leslie Street Spit—a dumping ground for construction debris—thereby implicating waste and destruction as the endgame of rationality and progress implicit in colonial expeditions.

Installation views, Xpace Cultural Centre
201435mm Carousel slideshow, 80 slides, approx. 4 minutes; vitrine with found objects and photographs.