Opening Reception: Saturday, February 20th, 2 pm
SPARK Reception: Friday, April 22nd, 7-9 pm
GE’s Peterborough plant recently underwent a major process that involved dismantling, demolishing, and in some cases repurposing buildings. They called the project Caribou. Management had the foresight to create a visual record of what was going to disappear forever. They granted photographer Wayne Eardley the rare opportunity to document the plant, its grounds and those who worked there during Caribou. Over the course of a year, Eardley made numerous visits to the facility seeking to capture the years of living history that accumulated in the grease and grit of the space like wrinkles and scars on skin. He was constantly told “There are stories in these walls,” so he looked for them. Some sat in plain sight, others were hidden in areas that hadn’t been really looked at in years. Caribou will be exhibited in two suites at the Art Gallery of Peterborough.
Caribou I features portraits of those animating and working in the space. Wayne Eardley wishes to acknowledge the support of Wendy Maritan Van Mousjou and General Electric, without whom this exhibition would not have been possible.