In the summer of 2014, Jennifer Akkermans packed everything she owned into
her car and moved from Calgary to Waterloo. Since then, she has been attempting
to build a home for herself in Ontario. You Can Never Go Home is a physical
manifestation of this process. Torn between remembering her prairie home and
attempting to acclimatize to a new place, Akkermans uses herself as a case
study. Like some of the artworks in the exhibition, the process is incomplete.
The obsessiveness and anxiety of the installation speaks to the discomfort and
sense of discovery at the heart of her transition.
Jennifer Akkermans is an Alberta girl currently making a home for herself in
Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to pursuing her MFA at the University of Waterloo, she was
the Founder and Chief Researcher of the Institute of Morphoid Research. She has
exhibited at the Art Gallery of Calgary, the Esker Foundation and Visual Arts Alberta,
participated in residencies at the Banff Centre and Gushul Studio in the Crowsnest
Pass, and produced a short documentary as part of EMMEDIA’s Production Access
program. As a recipient of the 2015 Keith and Win Shantz Fellowship, she travelled
to Cologne, Germany, to work with Alexandra Bircken