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While rural life on the prairies has often been glorified as an image of purity, productivity and national prosperity, and while agriculture is still listed as the second most important economic activity in Alberta, since World War II there has been a steady and dramatic decrease in the number of farms and a depopulation of rural Alberta. Why have these changes occurred and what affect do these changes have on Alberta, and Canada as a whole, in the present and in the future?
The exhibition Down on the Farm invites the viewer to consider the history and importance of agriculture to Alberta and contemplate how and why life 'down on the farm' has changed over time. Featuring the art work of contemporary artists whose creativity has been inspired, for a variety of reasons, by 'the family farm,' the ark works in this exhibition invite the viewer to consider the history and importance of agriculture to Alberta and encourage reflection on issues of resource management, industrialization, urbanization, and globalization and the effects these trends have on the social, political and economic fabric of society.
While introducing the viewer to some of the people, places and landscapes of rural Alberta, the exhibition Down on the Farm also investigates photography as a means of artistic expression. Featuring the photographic work of artists David Bowering, Aaron Falkenberg and Dawn Saunders Dahl, the art works in this exhibition not only explore Alberta's farming community but also investigate the history and art of photography. Down on the Farm was curated by Shane Golby and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. We at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery are proud to host this exhibition, which runs from June 25th through July 23rd, 2014.