Judith Williams transforms the destruction of a book into a metaphor for the destruction of the salmon stocks of coastal British Columbia. Texts and photographs from Williams as artist and Williams as environmentalist expand the juxtaposition of art and action, and this artist‘s deep engagement with both.
The 16 minute video “this is the story of. . .” records the mechanical destruction of the book Salmon Our Heritage at the Goose Bay Cannery in Goose Bay, Rivers Inlet in July 2001. Once part of a string of salmon processing plants from Steveston to Alaska, the Goose Bay Cannery was built in 1926. Now redundant, its canning equipment is dispersed between the North Pacific Cannery Village Museum at Port Edward just south of Fort Rupert and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum in Steveston.