Et Amor Fati (For the Love of Canada)

Juan Geuer

BIRTH PLACE Soest, Holland
DEATH PLACE Almonte, Ontario
MEDIUM Aluminum frame, adjustment mechanisms and mylar map
DATE 2007
DIMENSIONS 328cm x 344cm x 470cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.04.21a-bh
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.
A mixed media installation consisting of a metal structure with a network of cables holding a translucent map of Canada in a cone shape as a horizontal pendulum. The map is made up of over 3,000 black and white aerial photographs of the country. The work questions the darker sides of globalization, widening Geuer investigation from the self to the country, as issues of mapping and seismographic measuring of the movement of the earth, in order to question Canada’s position in relation to global peacekeeping. The title refers to the Latin phrase, which roughly translates as “love of one’s fate.” The map was originally created by the mathematician Betty Flemming, and assembled by the technical staff of the Mapping Branch of the department of Energy, Mines and Resources in Ottawa in 1975 for an International Congress in Helsinki, Finland in 1976. Following the congress, everything except the map was destroyed in a fire, and Geuer was given the map on permanent loan.

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