Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby

Emily Neufeld, Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby, 2019, (installation view). Courtesy of the artist

Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby

Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC - To Oct 18

by Robin Laurence

The descendant of Russian Mennonite immigrants, Emily Neufeld has created monumental photographs that record her encounters with abandoned farmhouses on the Canadian Prairies. She spent two years researching and photographing these structures, focusing not only on the collapsed roofs, peeling paint and debris-strewn floors, but also on natural elements she laboriously introduced into the interiors. Grids of wildflowers tacked to the wall, clods of dirt and prairie grasses beside a single bed – all speak to human connection to place.

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