AFROFUTURISM AND THE PLURIVERSE OF SANKOFANOLOGY
Concordia University, York Auditorium, EV.1.605
EV Building, 1515 Ste Catherine Blvd., W.
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Breaking down the metaphoric meta-narratives and subtext in his Afrofuturistic work, Quentin VerCetty will discuss ways in which he explores Afrofuturism's relation to the Pluriverse. He will also give an interactive augmented reality demonstration of how he uses his art to encourage ideas around social change.
Quentin VerCetty (MAAE 2020, Concordia) is an award-winning multidisciplinary storyteller and an ever-growing interstellar tree. He is one of the world's leading Afrofuturistist A-R-Tographers, a founding member of the international Black Speculative Arts Movement, and is the first artist to be commissioned by Carnegie Hall for their 2022 Afrofuturism music festival.
Organized by the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) and presented in collaboration with the Department of Art History and the SSHRC-funded project “Afrofuturism in the Canadian Art Scene.” EAHR’s activities are made possible with the generous support of The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art histories. https://www.ethnoculturalarts.com.
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The Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) is proud to announce the launch of the virtual exhibition Diaspora Reframed: Locating Identities presented in collaboration with students of ARTH 389: Issues in Ethnocultural Art Histories: Race, Citizenship and Art in Canada (fall 2021) and hosted by the Department of Art History’s La Vitrine at Concordia University. This exhibition features written texts about selected works by Laurena Finéus, Marigold Santos, Dominique Fung and Shellie Zhang. This exhibition is a conjoined project to share, written pieces (wall texts) and reflections that emerged within the context of the class, as they encouraged students to critically examine the politics of representation, redress and recognition in Canadian art, focusing (not exclusively) on contemporary praxis by artists of Asian and African descent.
The curatorial committee formed by undergraduate students Naimah-Bint Amin, Ali Byers, Rhys Buhl, Kelsey McGowan, Billie Palmer, and Kioni Sasaki-Picou enrolled in ARTH 389 during the fall of 2021 selected four texts written by their classmates to be featured in this virtual exhibition. Under their curatorial vision, all the texts and respective artworks have been grouped to expand course conversations, making Diaspora Reframed: Locating Identities a space for discussion and reflection that transcends the classroom’s walls.
The authors of the selected wall texts, Alessandra Calovi, Camille-Anh Goulet, Kelsey McGowan, and Mayaan Ben Porat, have beautifully and critically responded to the artworks of four contemporary female artists from Turtle Island: Laurena Finéus, Marigold Santos, Dominique Fung and Shellie Zhang, of Haitian, Filipino and Chinese ancestry respectively. The artists’ practices challenge a colonial gaze that has long dictated the selfhood of racialized migrant communities.
EAHR’s activities are made possible with the support of The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, the Department of Art History, and the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories.
Fourth The Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) Research Residency in Collaboration with:
Concordia Libraries (John Latour)
The Department of Art History
The EAHR Research Residency Diversifying Academia at Concordia University, in its 2022 iteration, invites the resident to respond to the existing gap in the library on South and Southeast Asia bibliography and authors. The focus on this region will allow the resident to reflect on “what does Global South mean?” while researching for academic sources that will be proposed to become part of Concordia Library’s collection. This residency encourages scholarly critical engagement in relation to the ethnic and cultural representation of South and Southeast Asia within Canada’s visual arts; aligning with EAHR’s commitment to explore issues of cultural representation with a hemispheric approach within Art History research.
This residency is a self-directed program that provides the resident with the opportunity to work independently in the library’s online collection with the guidance of John Latour (Teaching & Research Librarian - Fine Arts) and the constant mentoring of MA level students from the department (EAHR members). The resident will write an article justifying the selections of books and their reflections of the residency’s theme, which will then be shared with the student body through EAHR’s virtual platforms.
For this year’s residency we have invited Naimah Amin, an undergraduate student in the Painting and Drawing program at Concordia.
Naimah Amin is an artist interested in how cultural objects carry different meanings throughout lifetimes as they, with the body, form the focal point of her pieces. Her paintings and drawings explore the fine dialectic of identity and memory, employing photographs as an integral tool to image-making. Naimah is interested in learning about contemporary racialized artists and examining their multifaceted identities under a decolonial lens.
Term of maximum 5 weeks (total of 25 hours). Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant between March-April.
The invited research resident will be required to:
★ Propose a number of sources to be added to the Concordia Libraries based on their research, within the proposed book fund budget;
★ Create an annotated bibliography of each of the proposed sources;
★ Write an article justifying their research findings in relation to the residency’s theme, and develop a way to visualize and communicate the research and acquisition of new library sources in the Webster library to inform the student body of this intervention.
★ Have an orientation session with John Latour
The proposed research residency would offer:
★ An honorarium of $500;
★ Access to a $500 book fund to purchase sources for the Concordia Libraries;
★ Access to resources and guidance in their research from John Latour, Concordia Art History Librarian;
★ Publication of their annotated bibliography and article on EAHR’s website
The goals of the research residency, with respect to EAHR’s mandate, would be:
★ To exercise how the study of art history can contribute to the diversification of course curriculums and make real, tangible changes in the Concordia Libraries;
★ To provide funded opportunities for undergraduate and graduate art history researchers that promotes the study of ethnic and cultural art histories;
★ To give a voice to the research through creative projects that incite participation and attention from students and faculty at Concordia University;
★ And to restructure power relations with regards to access to knowledge and ethnic minority representation in academia.
· Alice Ming Wai JIM (Professor, Art History, Concordia University)
· Laura VIGO (Curator for the Arts of Asia, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)
TTTM Research Assistant: Varda NISAR, PhD Art History Student
Containing over 10,000 archaeological objects and works by artists from many different cultures, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ world art (non-European or American) collection is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Canada. In November 2019, the collection’s ten galleries constituting the Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing were completely refurbished and unveiled to the public. The new permanent displays are devoted to the Arts of One World exhibition, an innovative intercultural and transhistorical presentation of ancient to contemporary art.
The GAHP research project interrogates the so-called “encyclopedic” museum in the 21st century with the aim to develop new methodologies for digitally mediated experiences produced by the museum, including collaborative design of mobile apps in response to selected canonical objects in the exhibition. The project considers how participating in this form of cultural mediation and community engagement as content producers is an integral, key method in global art histories pedagogy to address implicit biases and systemic issues early in the design of art historical research projects as well as increase visitor appreciation of diverse arts and culture. Issues such as feminism, Indigeneity, and queer identities through the lens of critical race museology from global, transnational, and transcultural perspectives will be considered.
the second part of (art+micro) history contemporary artistic voices from the south will be held on november 25, 2021
Curated and moderated by Varda Nisar
PUBLIC lecture by rhonda chung, followed by a conversation with decolonial
perspectives and practices hub
From May 27th-June 4th
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