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  • The Esker Project Space 444, 1011 – 9th Avenue SE Calgary Canada (map)
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February 4 - April 28, 2019

Esker Project Space (444, 1011 – 9th Avenue S.E. Calgary)

Through beautifully crafted work that includes home furnishings, taxidermy, and rocks from the area around her former childhood home, Glenna Cardinal’s work explores themes of land and home, displacement and loss related to the construction Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road through Tsuut’ina Nation.

TRUCK is pleased to partner with the Esker Foundation to present Cardinal’s important and timely installation exploring the human impacts of urban development on First Nations land.

The Esker Project Space aims to engage the community by increasing the presence and accessibility of contemporary art. The Project Space program invites emerging and established artists to develop new, responsive exhibitions that directly address the neighborhood and explore important contemporary issues.

Exhibitions in the Project Space can be viewed day and night, seven days a week, and are on display for approximately three months, for a total of four exhibition changes a year.


Glenna Cardinal continues to explore her bone-deep connection to the reserve land that she grew up on, the land that was her Tsuut’ina Nation grandmothers’ and is now the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Her work is a response to her displacement and forced colonial identity while seeking comfort in a new place. Cardinal is a Saddle Lake Cree Nation member who continues to reside on her maternal reserve, Tsuut’ina Nation.

Earlier Event: January 19
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