I am thrilled to be a Resident Artist at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga!
Canada Day One is now open at Pier 21!
The exhibition runs March 18 – November 12, 2017. The opening reception will be April 11. If you’re in Halifax, be sure to check it out!
The exhibition runs January 4th to February 20th, with an opening reception on January 17th (7-9pm). The other artists in the show are:
These are photos from the recent exhibition I was part of at InterAccess in Toronto. Photos are care of InterAccess (TO); photographer: Natalie Logan, 2016.
Canada: Day 1 Halifax / Pier 21
March 18, 2017 – November 12, 2017
April 11, 2017
Canada: Day 1 Halifax celebrates the experience of immigrants who’ve come to Canada. This exhibition feels particularly special to me as my Opa immigrated to Canada through Pier 21 in the 1950’s. Although I am not an immigrant myself, I liken my own journey of moving across the country by myself to that of my grandparents. Although I am sure their journey was much harder than my own, I do understand some of their challenges just a little bit more.
More information at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration is located at Pier 21, 1099 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS, Canada.
Image: Venessa Heddle, still from Funeral Wells (19:33 min digital video) shot with a Mobius Action cam affixed to a CNC router.
I am in an exhibition at Inter/Access this month, curated by Aliya Karmali.
According to the I/A website: “Infinity of Intimate Space features four emerging artists whose works explore space through memories and dreams. The exhibition is inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s book, The Poetics of Space, which discusses the phenomenologist’s study of the sites of our intimate lives. From the intimacy of our houses, to desolate landscapes and brimming cities, to the deconstruction of digital forms, what reveries do we explore within the spaces we immerse ourselves in?”
The exhibition runs November 16th to December 10th, 2016.
This weekend, I am participating in an art market in Uptown Waterloo, run by the City of Waterloo. The plan was to use it as the launch of my new website, AffordableHouses.ca. Unfortunately, I had something unplanned happen this week that has caused me not to have enough time and energy to do this properly- I had my last two wisdom teeth removed, as they were bothering me. All is well now, but I have to compromise a bit with my plans for the new website.
So, for now, affordable houses.ca directs to this site, JenniferAkkermans.com. When I feel I am recovered, I will put the energy into fulfilling the original plan- to make AffordableHouses.ca a place where you can get *ahem* affordable houses! Affordable Houses that you can take home and hang in your apartment. (Hee hee.)
Anyway, see you at the art market tomorrow!
My thesis exhibition for my MFA at the University of Waterloo is coming up VERY SOON- May 5 – 21, 2016, at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery!
About the exhibition:
In the summer of 2014, Jennifer Akkermans packed everything she owned into her car and moved from Calgary to Waterloo. Since then, she has been attempting to build a home for herself in Ontario. You Can Never Go Home is a physical manifestation of this process. Torn between remembering her prairie home and attempting to acclimatize to a new place, Akkermans uses herself as a case study. Like some of the artworks in the exhibition, the process is incomplete. The obsessiveness and anxiety of the installation speaks to the discomfort and sense of discovery at the heart of her transition.
More info on the Waterloo Fine Arts website.