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Janet Bellotto @ MOCA, London

2 October 2016 - 29 October 2016

Canadian-Italian artist Janet Bellotto presents her exhibition Relation-Ships (Existence Doubtful) that brings Sable Island to MOCA London. The island, a protected National Park Reserve of Canada, is a 13 square mile sliver of an isolated sandbar 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Ocean. It is noted for its extensive history of shipwrecks and a place where only two mammals survive: seals and horses, occupying a place that seems untouched by time. In one of many attempts to transform this island, eight hundred trees were planted to keep it from disappearing. A colonization venture by the French using convicts failed at the end of the 1500s. Seal hunters, shipwreck survivors and salvage personnel have intermittently occupied the island. On charts, it was once designated ED, Existence Doubtful, a term used principally to indicate that its actual existence had not yet been established.  


2 October 2016
29 October 2016
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MOCA, London