Every summer weekend, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller watch the tourists roll in. The couple, who represented Canada at the 2001 Venice Biennale, have collaborated since the early '80s, and they've made their home in the North Okanagan, a 10-minute drive from Enderby, B.C.
A tiny city with a population just north of 3,000, Enderby is a typical farming community, Cardiff explains. But come Friday morning, the town fills up. Visitors make their way there from all over, arriving for the weekend farmer's market or, better yet, a lazy float down the Shuswap River. But soon, another tourist attraction could be luring people to the area: the Cardiff Miller Art Warehouse (CMAW).
Launched this past Saturday, CMAW is unlike anything you'll find in a Canadian small town: a cavernous contemporary art gallery housed in a former furniture store. And the project is something of a career-long dream for the art-world stars.
The duo continue to exhibit widely, and a career retrospective is currently appearing at Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland through Sept. 24. But the artists have seldom enjoyed such opportunities close to home. "We always wanted to have a place where we could permanently show our work," says Miller, and CMAW will be just that: a home for their many creations, including multimedia installations that are rarely shown on their native turf.
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