Beta Vulgaris: The Sugar Beet Projects
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC - Feb 10-May 27
Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon creates a sculptural installation entirely out of molten, burnt and sculpted sugar. With visual allusions to a Japanese rock garden and a field of sugar beets, Beta Vulgaris calls up our country’s shameful wartime history. During this period, Japanese Canadians were displaced from the British Columbia coast and interned, many of them then forced to labour on sugar beet farms on the Prairies. The installation includes video
projections of historic images and a koto soundscape by Keri Latimer.