Ed Pien: Our Beloved

June 29 – September 22, 2019

Organized by Glenbow

Ed Pien’s 144 framed photographs of real and artificial flowers are hung together in a monumental, wall-filling installation. While travelling in Santiago, Chile, the artist photographed these flowers at the mass gravesite Patio 29, one of the largest burial sites of political dissidents and victims of the murderous reign of Augusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990.

For Pien, while it was a site steeped in tragedy and loss, the colourfully decorated graves seemed to be overflowing with love and joy in remembrance of lives once lived. Our Beloved came out of Pien’s artistic exploration of empathy; by sharing the acts of devotion and memorial made by strangers, he hopes to tap into some of the big, complex and touching emotions that unite all people when dealing with death and loss.

Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been making art for over 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 11.

Ed Pien. Our Beloved, 2016, Collection of the artist.

(Top) Ed Pien. Our Beloved, 2016, Collection of the artist. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Further Reading

In Union Station, in frozen January, an art garden blooms (Toronto Star)

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