Pause in Plight
Gallery Vertigo, in partnership with the Sunflower Project, invites you to our newest exhibit, Pause in Plight— curated by Winnipeg Visual Artist Kerri Parnell in partnership with the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. The exhibition includes a series of artworks by Kerri Parnell that depict the internment of Ukrainian and Eastern Europeans in Canada during World War 1. One of the gravest forms of injustice is when victims cannot tell their story, when they are silenced by denial or indifference, when they are marginalized and pushed to the periphery of history. The aim is to inform the public of the WWI national security fears and wartime prejudices which led to the internment of 8,579 men, among them, women and children, identified as “enemy aliens”.
Pause in Plight is a touring exhibition making its way across Canada between 2020-2025 to help bring awareness to this historical injustice. This art show will engage and educate Okanagan citizens of the part the Okanagan played in this dark period in history.
Kerri Parnell creates art that inspires community connections. Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba, Kerri attended the University of Manitoba School of Fine Arts and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her passion is to collaborate with others on projects that promote social awareness and change. Her results are both thought provoking and aesthetically beautiful. Nowhere is this more evident than Pause in Plight which runs from June 3, 2022 to July 30, 2022 with an opening reception on Friday June 3, 2022 with an interactive exhibit experience.
Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4pm.
Admission by donation.