Dundee / Canada and Scotland (on going)

Dundee is a rural Quebec township located in the southwestern corner of the Montérégie region of Quebec Canada. In about 1780, Scottish immigrants arrived in this region gave this place a name from their homeland: Dundee in Scotland.

This project of Dundee is inspired by the meaning of the name “Dundee,” which made up of two parts - “Dun” and “Dee.” Based on its Gaelic origin these two parts relates both human and nature. “Dun,” the Gaelic word for “fort,” a fortress against the forces of time and change which represents humanity’s intention of perpetuity. In contrast, “Dee” is the name of a river - Scotland’s “Dee” river. Dee suggests water which imply the meaning of constant change. The name of Dundee is a paradox, a paradox of of humanity’s attempt to resist the change and nature’s relentless of change, a paradox of temporality and perpetually.

Through the research of history and visual documentations of Dundee, this project reveals the changes that occurred in this land - changes in relation to the history of Scottish migrations and its related Scottish-Canadian culture, as well as their mutual influences. Dundee recalls memories and tells stories of a wave in the ceaseless river of human migration which has formed, crested and fallen back into the vast pool from whence it came. The project of Dundee also reveals the truth of time and the essence of being that occurred both in nature and culture.