March 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
UNB Art Centre Celebrates World Water Day with Two Exhibitions.
The UNB Art Centre celebrates its 13th annual World Water Day with two exhibitions, Beachcomber by Gary Weekes and Aqua by Jean-Christophe Lemay. World Water Day (WWD) is an initiative of the United Nations to bring awareness to the importance of water resources and their sustainable management. This year’s exhibition represents two different perspectives on WWD. Weekes’ focus is less about environmental concerns and more about social ones — the use of water as a historic means of transportation as it relates particularly to the Black experience. Lemay on the other hand, presents a series of large-scale photographs that depict the power and beauty of our Canadian waters and its inhabitants. Through his camera, Lemay creates stunning documents of the great Canadian outdoors and invites the viewer on this passionate journey with him. The exhibits open Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. and runs until April 26.
Weekes’ Beachcomber presents a perspective on Black Canadian history. On the walls are images of the Bay of Fundy’s New River Beach. As part of the North Atlantic, the waters of the Bay of Fundy, are those same waters that touch the shores of England and Africa providing the currents upon which 18th century sailing vessels plied their trade.
Photographer Jean-Christophe Lemay’s exhibition Aqua, directs his lens on Canada’s aquatic environments and the animals that inhabit them. His images are a means to discover the bounty that exists in this country but also to highlight the precariousness of these ecosystems. As a result of habitat degradation, pollution, over-hunting and over-fishing, the world is losing approximately 100 – 10,000 species a year. In Canada alone, it is currently estimated that more than 800 species are on the brink of extinction with over 4,000 more at risk.