In the summer of 1997, the Harmony Movement launched an ambitious project to capture the many faces and voices of Canada’s diverse human landscape and help Canadians reflect on diversity issues. This initiative led to the production of Them = Us: Photographic Journeys Across Our Cultural Boundaries, an exhibition of more than 200 black and white images produced by some of the country’s leading photographers and photojournalists. The exhibition travelled across Canada before selected elements were mounted, with new narrative telling the personal stories of the people in the photographs and prose and poetry contributed by well-known Canadian writers, in the Heritage Gallery of Canada’s Peoples. This installation, which opened in February 1999 and was on view until February 2000, was created by the MHSO in collaboration with the Harmony Movement. The exhibition continues to tour the country. Harmony / Harmonie: Photographic Journeys Across Our Cultural Boundaries, published in 1999 and still available, also perpetuates the project.
Curators: Initial exhibition – Tom Graff; ROM installation – Dr. Elizabeth McLuhan (MHSO staff)