The Koffler Gallery opened its Spring 2015 season at its downtown home at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, with Erratics. Curated by Koffler Gallery Director/Curator Mona Filip, Erratics explored the tensions between memory and fiction by bringing together two archives where photography takes a central role in an attempt to uncover hidden narratives. Staged as museological displays conveying two personal stories, these collections of images, texts and records revealed both the impossibility of fully knowing the past and the effectiveness of literary imagination in grappling with history.
Toronto author Martha Baillie added further layers to her most recent book, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, through a multi-media installation. In Baillie’s hypnotic novel, an archivist seeks the truth about Schlögel’s life through letters, documents and photographs providing glimpses into his journey from a small German town to exploring the Canadian North and finding himself lost in time. Over six hundred postcards, voice recordings and a musical composition created by Nic Gotham gave material substance to Baillie’s literary plot that addresses our fraught relationship to the historic past.