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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
1 Nov 88until26 Nov 88

Laura Baird

Jonestown Carpet Jonestown Dead

555 Hamilton St

A closeup of an embroidered carpet, showing the Jonestown massacre. The detail shown includes bodies on the grass and under the shade of the large building shown.

Laura Baird, close-up view from Jonestown Carpet Jonestown Dead. Photographer unknown.

Laura Baird is a Vancouver artist who has been living in New York City since 1980. Shortly after settling into New York, Baird began work on the stitched carpet that is the centerpiece of this exhibition. The five by seven foot carpet is a stitched rendering of an aerial photograph taken at the site of the Jonestown mass suicide in November 1978. Baird will be present in the gallery during the exhibition, working on the carpet. In addition, a second work entitled Jonestown Dead will be displayed. The gallery will be black, with 750 watt spotlights on the work in progress and the Jonestown Dead installation.

In an age when everyone complains about the fact that tragedies in our society simply become “media” events that are quickly forgotten, Laura Baird is reclaiming the human dimension of the Jonestown tragedy, and seeing to it that the nine hundred and twelve dead are not part of another isolated event from our recent history.

The reception on November 18th, is on the 10th anniversary of the Jonestown mass suicide.

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