The Canada Option
The Delaware Contemporary
November 1–February 15, 2017
The Canada Option is a multi-disciplinary project exploring issues of migration and borders. Using lens-based media, research and hand-made constructions, Flake will transform the exhibition space into a site of reflection. Canada asserted independence from Great Britain through the formation of a Confederation on July 1, 1867. In 2017, 150 years later, the option of moving to Canada has been on the tips of many American tongues. For most, these threats proved to be empty.
Marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian self-governance and the one year anniversary of the election of Donald Trump, The Canada Option examines the changes in American attitudes towards our northern neighbors on the occasion of a dramatic about-face in the political climate since the inauguration of President Trump in the USA and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada. As America leaned right, Canada reaffirmed its liberalism. In both countries, the results remain contentious. Flake, who obtained her own Certificate of Canadian Citizenship one week prior to Trump’s election, has spent the past year listening and watching as her fellow citizens, family members, and refugees on both sides of the border expressed their frustrations and desires. Only very few actually made the journey. Why is that?