Grand Forks Art Gallery - June 27 to August 12, 2000

Jan Kabatoff - Doukhobor Diaspora

Jan Kabatoff
I Remember, I Forget...
mixed media, 1996
30 x 22 in.

Kabatoff's work is an investigation into cultural identity which examines the diasporic¹ origins and current patterns of the 'half-turn' to the past, and a longing for one's homeland - patterns inherent in migratory displacement of many cultures such as Doukhobors. Diasporic groups base their survival within the dominant culture on understanding the meaning of migration and sense of displacement. Current millennium reflection and diasporic discourse are part of a growing popularity in auto-biolgraphical ethnic and minority writing, post-colonial theory and critiques of universal standardization.

Kabatoff utilizes hand-dyed linen wall hangings with autobiographical text, silk-screened historic images, present-day photographic images and hand-stitched heirloom fragments, as well as mixed-media works on paper, to weave a sense of history, migratory displacement and cultural identity and present an overview on 100 years of Doukhobor life in Canada.

Jan kabatoff curated the exhibition - Vechnaia Pamyat shown at the Grand Forks Art Gallery in 1999.

Jan Kabatoff lives and works in Canmore, Alberta.

¹ diaspora - [Gk, dispersion, fr. diaspeirein to scatter, fr. dia- + speirein to sow] (1881)
a: the settling of scattered colonies of Jews outside Palestine after the Babylonian exile or outside modern Israel
b: 1 : the breaking up and scattering of a people - migration
2 : people settled far from their ancestral homelands

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