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WAR FLOWERS: 
A Touring Art Exhibition

SYNOPSIS

"WAR Flowers" is a touring art exhibition inspired by the pressed flowers George Stephen Cantlie picked in the gardens, fields and hedges of Europe during World War I for his baby daughter, Celia, in Montreal. This exhibition examines these century-old flowers using floriography, a method of communicating emotion through flowers, to tell the story of human nature in the landscape of war.

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VENUES (2018-2021)

Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens (Grand Métis, QC)

Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, ON)

Campbell House Museum (Toronto, ON)

Visitor Education Centre, Canadian National Memorial (Vimy, France)

Château Ramezay Museum (Montréal, QC)

Borealis Gallery (Edmonton, AB)

Living Arts Centre (Mississauga, ON)

Photo: Conservation and display of the Cantile flowers.

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PROJECT CREDITS:

  • Curator/ Ideation, Producer: Viveka Melki 

  • Production House: Les Jardins de Métis/ Reford Gardens

  • Exhibition Design and Layout: Normand Dumont

  • Project Supervision: Josée Forest (Imaginature) & Amélie Hupé (Gestion R+H)

  • Authoring: Viveka Melki & Alexander Reford

  • Crystal Artist: Mark Raynes Roberts

  • Perfume Artist: Alexandra Bachand (La Grange du Parfumeur)

  • Botanist and Archivist: Céline Arseneault

  • Graphic Design: Fernande Forest (Graff-X Communication) & Alexandra Bachand (Logo & Fleurs rayons X)

  • Archives: Odette Desormeaux & Marjelaine Sylvestre

  • Historical Research: Viveka Melki, Alexander Reford & Jennie Hurwood

  • Sound Design: Claude Langlois 

  • Original Score: Marie-Claire Saindon

  • Framing: Encadrement Au Coin Des Artistes

  • Display Module Production: Mathieu Jean, Rabot D. Bois (Artisan ébéniste)

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