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Amy
       
     
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viewing autumn
       
     
autumn peace
       
     
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homeless
       
     
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15 Minutes of Fame installation
       
     
15 Minutes of Fame
       
     
15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame interactive sculpture installation in Parallel Lines exhibition at Museum of Northern History.

Visitors are invited to open the suitcase, consider and arrange the contents around and upon the bed to create an artistic statement or convey a story.

Visitors are then invited to discuss their work with onlookers and/or write about it in the Book of Fame.

alienation
       
     
alienation

“For me, the bed represents my own internal prison and the sense of alienation I have felt in the world around me.

The paintings are an effective manifestation of my own internal struggles.

It’s comforting to know others experience similar discomfort.

We are all alone together.”

LyAnne - visitor/participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History; Counsellor with Canadian Mental Health Association

faith
       
     
faith

“I’ve never seen my biological father.

I’ve never seen God either, but I believe they both exist.”

Ted — participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

pink dress and bonnet
       
     
pink dress and bonnet

A week or so after participating in 15 Minutes of Fame at Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake, a woman donated this baby’s outfit for inclusion in the suitcase.

She explained that her mother had given her this outfit and that she’d had it in her possession for fifty years. She has disliked pink and disliked dresses all her life.

“My mother was always forcing me into frilly pink outfits. I wanted to be a welder working on cars.”

Emily
       
     
Emily
Kassandra
       
     
Kassandra

“Kasandra’s death impacted my life. I made a contribute to her resembling her death. Teddy bears were her favourite thing to hug. Lavender was her favourite flower and would sleep next to it. She loved jewelry.

Emily — visitor/participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

Amy
       
     
Amy

“In the suitcase thingy I found my past, present and possibilities of future things.”

Amy — participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

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parallels
Macobe
       
     
Macobe
Taylor
       
     
Taylor
language
       
     
language

“I want to learn other languages and cultures. But I feel like I am separated between my culture and my career path. The bible is away but yet still showing is because in order to learn I need to put aside my religion to do so.”

Taylor - participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

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discussion
decisions
       
     
decisions
resonation
       
     
resonation

Matthew - participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

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goodbye
       
     
goodbye
issues
       
     
issues
disturbing image
       
     
disturbing image
life stories
       
     
life stories

“Before I was born my biological dad threatened my mom to kill her and I. So she ran away. My adoptive father was an alcoholic who was empty. Then he met my mom and I and then he was fun. When my brother was born her introduced me to my native cultures. The beads is my and Keara’s friendship. Even though we have different stories we still formed a bond.”

Sky-Lynn — visitor/participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

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ashamed
       
     
ashamed

“I grew up too fast because of how I was taught and because of my extreme anxiety. Once I learned how Canada and Christians treated natives I was mad and ashamed.”

Keaira - visitor/participant in 15 Minutes of Fame installation with Parallel Lines exhibition - Museum of Northern History

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peers
       
     
peers
why
       
     
why
alcohol
       
     
alcohol
residential schools
       
     
residential schools
the journey
       
     
the journey
choice
       
     
choice

This woman enacted her experience of being imprisoned, forced to surrender her children and ordered to choose between which of her children would live and which of them would die.

viewing autumn
       
     
viewing autumn
autumn peace
       
     
autumn peace
stereotypes
       
     
stereotypes
homeless
       
     
homeless
questions
       
     
questions
safest place in prison
       
     
safest place in prison
comments
       
     
comments
moments
       
     
moments
15 Minutes of Fame installation
       
     
15 Minutes of Fame installation