We Are the Lake: MJMAG Art Project Requires Community Involvement

Moose Javians can stop by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJMAG) to have their photo taken as part of a community art project inspired by MJMAG’s latest exhibition, “Confluence” by Susan Shantz.

Moose Javians can stop by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJMAG) to have their photo taken as part of a community art project inspired by MJMAG’s latest exhibition, “Confluence” by Susan Shantz.

The “We Are The Lake” community art project will raise awareness of Moose Jaw’s water source. Director and curator of MJMAG, Jennifer McRorie, said the convenience of just turning on the tap can cause us to not know where our water is coming from.

Moose Jaw’s water supply comes primarily from Buffalo Pound Lake. A huge amount of infrastructure is devoted to filtering, treating and transporting water for use in the city.

In a time of change that forces us to look closely at the climate and environment on which we depend, this project encourages participants to reflect on our essential connection to water.

Human beings are made up of a collection of cells (to put it simply). Depending on where on the body you choose to look, the contents of these cells can be up to 85% water. The water content of an average person is around 70%.

One way to look at this fact is to realize that if you’re a resident of Moose Jaw, McRorie said, about 70% of you comes from Buffalo Pound Lake.

Susan Shantz’s “Confluence,” currently on display at MJMAG, is a collection of artistic and scientific explorations of Saskatchewan’s water sources. Shantz spent several years with a team from the University of Saskatchewan researching drinking water supplies.

Those interested in learning more about “Confluence” can tune in to an MJMAG In Conversation series with Shantz and water researcher Dr. Graham Strickert. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The Zoom link can be found on the Facebook page or the MJMAG website.

The Buffalo Pound water treatment plant is currently undergoing a major $252.8 million upgrade. The plant is jointly owned by the municipalities of Regina and Moose Jaw.

McRorie said the museum will be setting up a green screen and hiring a photographer for “We Are The Lake” in the near future.

“We’re going to encourage people to come in and have their picture taken while holding a sign that says ‘I am the lake,'” she explained.

Once the photo is taken in front of the green screen, it will be digitally altered to look like the person is standing in front of Buffalo Pound Lake.

In 2017, Shantz completed a similar project in Saskatoon. “We are the River” encouraged Saskatoon residents to reflect on their relationship with the South Saskatchewan River.

McRorie said they are still working out the details. However, the museum plans to install the green screen by the end of Friday, February 25.

Moose Jaw residents interested in participating can potentially come and have their photo taken starting Saturday, February 26.

The resulting images will be displayed in a virtual exhibition on the MJMAG websiteon the museum’s Instagram page and on a digital billboard in Moose Jaw.

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