The Grass Must Have Been Mown
Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko

Gallery 44
Friday September 9, 2016 to Saturday October 15, 2016

The project takes a close look at the unstable logic of borders as a tool for establishing sovereignty and presents a refracted view of the mechanisms of control. The grass must have been mown, blends archival material, oral histories and official state documents, complicating and investigating how histories and power operate through a landscape. Part of an ongoing series of work that delves into the specific social and political context of the area surrounding Cornwall, Ontario, the work focuses on the site of the former customs house on Cornwall Island, a small island in the St. Lawrence River and the westernmost part of Akwesasne, the cross-border territory of the Mohawk Nation. The project traces the history of the building and conflict surrounding it.

—words become unhinged from their meaning and objects shift in the room misidentified—exposing the failed and faulty logic inherent in the systems designed to restrict and control human access to space.