Negotiating Spaces: Postcard Anecdotes

Negotiating Spaces: Postcard Anecdotes
Artspace Building Drayway (Arthur St)
Saturday, May 23 from 10:00am-4:00pm

This installation is part of ACI Manitoba's Artists + Community Symposium; Train of Thought Winnipeg, in partnership with Jumblies Theatre's national Train of Thought project.

Negotiating Spaces is an evolving body of work composed of photography, video and text that strives to begin an intergenerational dialogue about Canadian national memory. This project works to reconnect the individual and land by critically investigating Canadian perception-of-space. Today, many Canadian rail lines have been sold, closed down, operate solely for cargo transport or seasonally for passenger traffic. Traveling on tracks that were once said to have united Canada speaks about a national memory that has been forgotten.

Postcard Anecdotes is a participatory installation where the public is invited to write personal recollections about the railway on postcards and hang them creating a postcard landscape. The anecdote as a written form moves to open up a conversation about contemporary Canadian rail culture, through which we may confront our daily movement, mark memories and re-write history.

The public is welcome to join in writing memories about rail travel in Canada, the effect of the railway on their local community or the land before the railway was built. The postcards together build an alternate archive of narratives that are not in the history books, rather those that live in the memory of the people, community and land.

To learn more about the national Train of Thought journey please visit:

To learn more about ACI Manitoba's Artist + Community Symposium please visit:,event/1970/artists-community-symposium-train-of-thought-winnipeg