WasteScapes is a collection of artistic, research, and educational projects that aim to engage creatively and critically with concepts and materials of waste in the city of Tioh:tiáke/ Montréal, Canada.
Large cities like Montreal both produce and deal with a lot of waste– a fact that many simply don’t think about. This is by design: waste and the systems that deal with it are almost always concealed, allowing waste — as the famous saying goes — to be out of sight, and out of mind.
“Pollution is not a manifestation or side effect of colonialism but is rather an enactment of ongoing colonial relations to Land.” — Max Liboiron.
WasteScapes is based on unceded Indigenous land in the city known as Tioh:tiáke or what is also now called Montéal, Canada. We recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation as the caretakers of these lands and waters.
The collaborators of these projects are committed to thinking critically about the intersections of waste and colonialism. Thinking of waste as a set of relations rather than just ‘a thing that happens’ brings us into the equation and raises ethical questions.
As you move through the city and its wastescapes, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the past and present relations to the land, water, and living entities that are enacted by the waste systems, and by ourselves. And, to reflect on how you might improve those relations.
To learn more about the territories upon which this work takes place, visit Concordia’s Territorial Acknowledgement.