Cees & Annerie van Gemerden
As artists and longtime residents of Hamilton, Cees and Annerie van Gemerden have brought together activism and art in their works over the years. For example, their exhibition called NoTrespassing–More Power Anyone? captures the trails folks made to the Hamilton waterfront in the ’80s when fences prevented folks from going near the water–the independent and quiet movements of citizens making their way to the water. More importantly, the exhibition also documented the toxic waste was that was dumped in Hamilton’s harbour.
In another series called Red Hill, Ceese and Annerie turned their attention to the building of an expressway in the Red Hill Valley, a site declared sacred by Haudenosaunee people.
These are a couple examples of how they have focused their attention on a particular aspect of the land our relationship with it in their works.
To view these and other projects, you can visit their website: www.vangemerden.ca.