Rajee Paña Jejishergill
Rajee Paña Jejishergill is an Indo-Filipina-Canadian artist born in Treaty 1/Winnipeg and currently based in K'jipuktuk/Halifax. She has participated in exhibitions and screenings in Vancouver, Montreal, Guelph, Toronto, Hamilton, and Halifax, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for The Great Island Arts Co-operative and the EVERSEEKER festival. Through textiles, sound, and still and moving images, Rajee’s work explores personal memory, familial inheritance, and diasporic subjectivity.
An independent art historian and scholar, Adrienne Johnson holds an MA and BFA from Concordia University and is currently a PhD student in Art History at McGill University. Johnson’s current research is focused on African Canadian landscape painting from the late nineteenth century as it relates to the exploration African Canadian presence, the African Diaspora, and colonial logics of anti-blackness that reproduce Blackness as out of place in humanity’s lived and imagined landscapes. Adrienne is co-founder of Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR), a student-driven research community based in Concordia University’s Art History Department. Launched in 2011 with Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim, EAHR facilitates opportunities for exchange and creation in the examination of, and engagement with, issues of ethnic and cultural representation within the visual arts in Canada.
Geneviève Wallen is a Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal-based independent curator and writer. She obtained a BFA in Art History at Concordia University (2012) and a MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (2015). Wallen's practice is informed by diasporic narratives, intersectional feminism, intergenerational dialogues, BIPOC alternative futures and healing platforms. Her ongoing research focuses on the notion of longevity as a methodology for resistance and care work in the arts. Her latest curated exhibition, Made of Honey, Gold, and Marigold (2020), was on view at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. Wallen contributed essays for C magazine and the anthology Other Places;Reflections on Media Arts in Canada, edited by Deanna Bowen. She is an Exhibition Coordinator at Fofa Gallery, a member of YTB (Younger than Beyoncé) Collective, and is the co-initiator (with Marsya Maharani) of Souped Up a thematic dinner series conceived to carve spaces for care and support building among BIPOC curators and cultural workers.
Tamara Harkness is a Black artist, researcher, and curator. While studying in the Art History department at Concordia, Tamara’s research interests focused on illuminating Black Canadian art history, with a particular curiosity towards the varying ways an archive can be read and subverted in order to contend with the relative absence of Black voices. Gaining a BFA in Textile Art from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tamara’s own art practice uses the medium of embroidery, a slow and methodical discipline, to meditate on ideas around Black identity, feelings of exclusion/erasure, and racism within the Canadian context. As an alumnus of Concordia, Tamara has been a member of the Ethnocultural Art History research group (EAHR) since 2014.
Ashley Raghubir is a graduate student in the MA in Art History program at Concordia University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Toronto (2008). Ashley has worked in the Canadian non-profit and arts and culture sectors, including positions at Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are Afrofuturism in contemporary art and public programming as research and pedagogy.
Nina Chabelnik is an MA graduate student in art history at Concordia University. Based in Montreal, she completed her BA at McGill University in art history and English literature. For her thesis, she will be looking at modernist architecture and religion in the Soviet Union, specifically investigating the Palace of the Soviets and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Her research interests extend to photography, moving images, and cultural studies from the Soviet period. She is currently an editorial assistant at the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas journal.