Montreal (QC) - Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR) is delighted to present Dissonant Integrations, a group exhibition and video program investigating disruption as a tool to challenge dominant representations of race, ethnicity and other forms of fixed identities. Featuring twelve artists and collectives based in Canada and the United States, Dissonant Integrations seeks to expand our understanding of diversity through artworks that disrupt ethnic and/or racial stereotypes, and redress essentialist narratives of cultural identities and representations.
From photography and video to sculpture, the selected artists work in a range of media and draw on various creative practices, such as upcycling, auto-ethnography and appropriation. Exploring themes of displacement, immigration and diaspora, the artists use irony, humor and experimentation to navigate between public and self-representation, national and global identity, the familiar and the unfamiliar. By unraveling the everyday challenges faced by ethnocultural communities, these artists engage with pressing social-political issues that continually fuel and challenge contemporary art discourse.
Dissonant Integrations marks the fifth-year anniversary of Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) since its founding in 2011 and demonstrates EAHR’s ongoing pursuit to facilitate opportunities for exchange and creation in the examination of issues of ethnic and cultural representation within the visual arts in Canada. EAHR is a community of students and researchers from across Canada, including Concordia University, McGill University and University of Montreal.
Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, Victor Arroyo, Pansee Atta, Minhee Bae, Richenda Grazette, Fanny Latreille Beaumont, Nathalie Lemoine, Eva-Loan Pontom-Pham, Shay (Shawn M. & Ayse B.), Team Sagittarius, Alisi Telengut, Karen White.
EAHR would like to thank the generous support of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, the Fine Arts Student Alliance, the Concordia Council on Student Life, Concordia’s Department of Art History and Art History Graduate Student Association, Concordia Student Union, Z Art Space, Kafein, articule and OPTICA.