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Jun 01 - Jul 31, 2006
Toronto
Installation, Robinson Street 105
My work revolves around fictitious narratives.

The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach

Curated by
Rhonda Corvese

Iris Haeussler, a Toronto-based artist and recent immigrant from Germany, has constructed the life of a person seemingly obsessed with sculpture in this small house. On one level, we are confronted with a fictional, psychological narrative of an old man's memories, defined by the history of the early 20th century and set in the unique context of immigration and identity in Toronto. But on the other hand, the house really exists, the sculptures are real, the atmosphere and spaces combine to an unsettlingly detailed reconstruction of the art and artefacts of decades. And in our mind, Wagenbach, the old recluse, becomes present and tangible. One understands why the archivist knocks before she enters.


Iris Häussler wishes to acknowledge the support of the following funders