Professor Alice Ming Wai Jim, Ojo Agi, Anastasia Erickson, Ashley Raghubir, Olivia McGilchrist
Ojo Agi (she/her) is a Nigerian-Canadian artist and scholar working at the intersections of anti-racist and postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and art history. Her work critically explores the discursive and material practices of representation and knowledge production by women of the African diaspora. Ojo holds an Hon. Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently a PhD student in Art History at Concordia University, where she holds the Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC award.
Olivia McGilchrist is a multimedia artist engaged in questions about identity, I have exhibited in Canada, Jamaica, the USA, Brazil, Germany, Norway, Austria, France, Switzerland, and the UK. I completed a Photography MA (London Coll. of Communication, 2010). I’m pursuing the Individualized PhD at Concordia University, with Professors MJ Thompson, Lynn Hughes and Alice Ming Wai Jim.
My research-creation project is provisionally entitled: "Virtual ISLANDs, postcolonial hybrid identities in Virtual Reality." Building on my own experience as a white Euro-Jamaican, and past research in the portrayal of my hybrid identity within contemporary Jamaican culture, I’m exploring how this can be represented in VR. Building on research in the central role of water in Caribbean cultures, my project is informed by the violent histories of transatlantic slavery and Atlantic modernity, through the framework of Paul Gilroy’s notion of the “Black Atlantic.” This project invites a reading of VR practices towards aesthetic/artistic aims through the exploration of submersion as an alternative notion to describe VR’s immersive experience.
Ashley Raghubir is a second year student in the MA in Art History program at Concordia University and is completing her thesis "Ancestral Black Water and Symbolic Dress in the Contemporary Afrofuturist Art of Mohau Modisakeng and Ayana V. Jackson" under the supervision of Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim. Ashley holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Toronto. She is a core member of the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR) student group, a graduate student member of EAHR | Media (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research in Media), and a research assistant to Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim on the FQRSC-funded Worlding Public Cultures (WPC): The Arts and Social Innovation Montreal Team project within the Transnational and Transcultural Art and Culture Exchange (TrACE) network. Ashley is a co-founding member of the Afrofuturism/s Research Group with student peers and faculty within the Department of Art History at Concordia University. She has contributed writing to C Magazine and held the Winter 2020 Curatorial Internship at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University.