Edward Poitras

2000 Pounds of Rope

2004
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Poitrasʼ practice is characterized by its minimal aesthetic, with works often taking significant – and politically charged – moments in Canada’s colonial history as their point of departure. His particular interest in significant moments in Métis history is evident in this installation, which adopts as its subject matter the hanging of Louis Riel in 1885. Through his research, Poitras discovered that shortly after Riel’s death, an estimated 2,000 pounds of rope attributed to his hanging was sold as souvenirs. Here, the artist conveys the excessive weight of the rope by visualizing 2,000 pounds. This installation thus situates itself at the centre of understandings of Riel as both a real and highly mythologized figure, and one whose representation continues to be controversial.
Title
2000 Pounds of Rope
Date
2004
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
25 rolls of coiled sisal rope
Dimensions
150 x 150 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2011
Accession number
43310