Portfolio > A Woman Walking (the City Limits)

What bodies move alongside, within, and outside of the designated city boundaries? How is the border of Calgary inscribed on the land and felt in space?

In the summer of 2016, I attempted to walk along the city limits of Calgary (174 km+), mapping the walk through collected objects, photographs, and video. In this work, the City of Calgary map becomes a virtual guide. While the city limit runs alongside roads and highways, it also demarcates the border along Tsuu T'ina Nation 145, dips and crosses both The Bow and Elbow rivers, runs directly along the Bearspaw Dam, moves across private property, farmlands, and sinks into ponds.

The photographs were taken when an object was collected, an animal was encountered, or the city limit was not accessible. This performance was developed for the M:ST 8 Festival and presented at The New Gallery in Calgary, AB. It will tour various galleries and venues in Southwest Alberta as a solo exhibition presented by Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program (2017-19), curated by Shannon Bingeman. The series includes 14 photographs (11in x 34in), a risograph (edition of 100) and video. Please contact me at hello@alanabartol.com if you are interested in purchasing work from the series.