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Borough Burrow


Christeen Francis


October 25 – November 29, 2019


A/P Main Gallery

About the exhibition

“When I consider my prints, it is always in the context of the city; the lived realities of its inhabitants, the politics of displacement, the concept of home, and the trauma of constant change and restructuring. My work critically engages with aspects of urban development and displacement; considering how wildlife is dislodged by expanding metropolitan areas, as well as how gentrification acts as an extension of colonialism. I focus on the changing concept of what it means to live in cities, as well as what cities should be, and for whom they should be designed.

My recent work consists of printed installations, ranging in size from ten-meter long murals to small pieces, which are collaged on-site to form immersive environments. Currently, I am developing a series of black and white wood- cuts that, by virtue of their dimensions and verticality, emulate buildings in high density urban landscapes, forming a cityscape that is both familiar and
anomalous. Manipulating photographic images collected at sites of urban development, I superimposed images of wildlife into these spaces, creating strange and unnerving scenes. I also place printed wildlife back into the city by wheat-pasting it in areas where urban spaces become overgrown, where plants meet concrete.”

About the artist

Christeen Francis is a printmaker, musician, and activist based in Montreal. She is committed to print that engages with local communities and the public at large. Her research interests include urban wildlife and the homogenization of cities and culture. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Iceland.


October 25, 2019
November 29, 2019
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