Enemy Aliens, Prisoners of War

This exhibit commemorates a difficult chapter in Canada’s history: the internment of Eastern European immigrants during World War I. Camps stretched from coast to coast, in total confining more than 8,500 internees.

The bilingual exhibit, located in Banff National Park deep in the Canadian Rockies, uses large-scale black-and-white archival photos of the Banff camp to create an immersive experience. Several layers of panels – landscape behind and workers with foreground in front – produce a sense of depth and intensity. Personalities seem to step out of the photographs to tell their stories. The restrained color palette of grey, white, and yellow communicates the seriousness of the content and complements the zinc panels and reclaimed blonde wood used throughout the contemporary exhibit building.

Role included exhibit graphic design and production. Designed at Reich+Petch.

Type: Exhibit. Status: Built. Date: 2013. Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Office: Reich+Petch Design Int’l. Client: Parks Canada. Photos: The Crag and Canyon

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