Family Values

In 2008, Stephen Harper, armed with a wardrobe of smart sweaters and 1950s era nostalgia, championed family values as a platform on which to campaign. In light of Harper's reactionary response, Suzy Lake and Chris Ironside in their work "Family Values" question what Harper's family values are and in so doing delve deeper into the nostalgia pool. "Family Values" revisits a time and place that was personified as ideal, but, and much like Harper's platform, was not. Dressed as slightly askew Doppelgangers, Lake and Ironside's "Family Values" is infused with gender identity and the cultural concerns of today.


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