Richmond Reconstructions was part of the exhibition Eternal Return, curated by Sunshine Frere at the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Canada. This series of photographic murals documented artifacts from the nearby Richmond Museum, primarily personal items donated by the community. The murals referenced still life images as found by archeologists the walls of the destroyed city of Pompeii.
A quote from the exhibition catalogue:
“Barb Choit’s photographic assemblage series, Richmond Reconstructions, reflects on the still life art genre. Richmond Reconstructions references archival documentation, didactic display techniques, centuries-old Pompeii murals and reconstruction archaeology. Choit rigorously selected museum artefacts and positioned them against faux-fresco backdrops. In presenting viewers with seductive compositions that combine kitsch souvenirs with collected biological specimens and practical household objects, Choit conflates commerce and culture. By bringing together disparate value systems, Choit presents a limitless space for reflection, revealing how symbolism and meaning are fluid and malleable when it comes to object relations.”
— Sunshine Frère