During this time of crisis where there is increased precarity as a result of COVID-19 and significant racial tension all over the globe, Concordia’s Ethnocultural Art History Research group (EAHR) sought to connect with and support BIPOC artists. We wanted to share their work and provide a platform for them to reach new audiences. We were particularly interested in BIPOC artists' responses to the shift in circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the urgent call to address systemic racism and on-going oppression, (pre-)existing conditions, climate change, and social justice activism.
As a group, we’ve faced the unique challenges of curating during the global pandemic. EAHR invited artists who identify as BIPOC to submit work for the opportunity to be featured in an exhibition, which will be presented digitally through the EAHR Instagram page (@eahrconcordia) and archived on our website (ethnoculturalarts.com). These digital platforms were suitable for the display of particular mediums such as video and screenshots. Also, it allowed us to display the record of in-person gallery experiences such as installations and performances. We received works exploring a variety of prescient themes. The themes included family/cultural tradition, memory, long-distance connection, the rise of anti-Asian racist attacks, and the process of creating artworks during the pandemic.
Since our first post on June 19th, 2020, we had the opportunity to exhibit 20 captivating artists. A wonderful thank you to the following artists for sharing their work with us and our audiences: J.P. Mot, Jayce Salloum, Florence Yee, Alyssa Tang, kimura byol-nathalie lemoine, Avy Loftus, Farzaneh Rostami, Astria Suparak, Ivetta Kang, Rodrigo D’Alântara, Esteben Perez, Tatyani Quintahilna, Reyhaneh Yazdani, Alba Daza, Ketty Zhang, Jenny Lin, Mushtari Afroz, My-Van Dam, Jaret Vadera and the Rice Brewing Sisters Club. During this time of isolation, we hoped to create a network of support and connection.
We are grateful for the financial support from Concordia Student Union (CSU) and Thinking Through The Museum (TTTM) Research Network to pay honoraria to artists and curators.
On behalf of the EAHR group, Chaeyeon Park, Diane Wong, Sarah Piché, and Tamara Harkness send endless appreciation to you for continuing to support and explore our projects.
EAHR is supported by the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories. Thank you to Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim for encouraging and mentoring our projects along the way.
Diane Wong, Elizabeth Davis, Tamara Harkness, Chaeyeon Park, Sarah Piché.