tHE VIRTUAL GARDEN
MARCH 2021 ONLINE EXHIBITION
Curated and Designed by Yasmeen Kanaan
In collaboration with Sarah Piché (EAHR)
In a high-key critique of fetishistic commodity culture, Juan Ortiz-Apuy amplifies the addictive and trapping sensation of instant gratification associated with junk-commodity culture through his vibrant and dynamic hand-cut collages.
Costa Rica–born Juan Ortiz-Apuy has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. Working in his favored techniques of collage and assemblage, he makes art driven by thinking around consumer goods, often employing humor to explore the advertising and media strategies associated with them. His works—which he presents in the form of multimedia installations—draw inspiration from design, art history, and pop culture. His work has been shown in several museums and art centers across Canada as well as abroad, including the Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain (Montreal), Birch Contemporary Gallery (Toronto), OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain (Montréal), ARTSPACE (Peterborough), the Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), the IKEA Museum (Älmhult, Sweden), as well as at MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image in Montreal and Manif d’art 7 in Quebec City. In 2011 he was the beneficiary of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Purchase Program. Upcoming projects include a solo show at Open Space (Victoria), and residencies at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA, USA) and the Zentrum Für Keramik (Berlin). Ortiz-Apuy holds a BFA from Concordia University, where he now teaches, along with a postgraduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art and an MFA from NSCAD University.
Presented in conjunction EAHR’s third annual Diversifying Academia Library Research Residency, focusing on bibligraphical sources of recent new BIPOC faculty in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University.
Presented by the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) with the support of EAHR|Media and the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories. The EAHR Diversifying Academia Library Research Residency is organized in partnership with Concordia Libraries and supported by the Department of Art History. EAHR’s activities are made possible with the support of The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Department of Art History.
Poster Design: Sarah Piché
Editing: Alice Ming Wai Jim
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal
EAHR'S (pre)existing conditions is currently included in the Royal Society of Canada's creative response to COVID-19 Engaging Creativites: Art in a Pandemic
Given the important role that art and creative research can play in responding to, and helping us understand, the complex issues that have arisen out of the pandemic, the RSC Task Force on COVID-19 established a Working Group to integrate and underscore artistic and other creative responses to this crisis. As part of this initiative, the Working Group has developed a website to exhibit and host creative work in a wide range of disciplines and forms, including music, sound, literature, visual art, theater, performance and media arts, as well as academic writing on the place of creative work in relation to pandemics in both a historic and contemporary context.
“Many of the complex challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to Canadian society are difficult to articulate in everyday terms,” said Sean Caulfield, Chair of the Working Group. “Canadians are confronting feelings of fear, anxiety, isolation and loss on a daily basis, as well as searching for ways to be hopeful and to find strength as the country works through this difficult period of uncertainty. Creative work has a vital role to play in helping to give voice to this side of the pandemic, and provide a deeper understanding and fuller picture of the impact COVID-19 is having on the country.”
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What: Engaging Creativities: Art in the Pandemic is a website that serves as a place to experience creative research related to COVID-19, creating an archive to document this cultural moment, and offering an opportunity to explore new creative practices.
The free online event will be an opportunity for the community to hear from and engage with the artists as they present the wide range of artist disciplines and forms, including music, sound, literature, visual art, theater, performance and media arts, as well as academic writing on the place of creative work in relation to pandemics in both a historic and contemporary context.
Link for the recorded vernissage HERE
Étant donné le rôle important la recherche créative et artistique dans la réponse aux problématiques complexes apparues à la suite de la crise COVID-19 et leur compréhension, la SRC a créé un groupe de travail sur la COVID-19 pour intégrer et mettre en évidence les réponses artistiques et créatives à cette crise. Dans le cadre de cette initiative, un site Web a été conçu afin d’exposer et d’accueillir des travaux créatifs issus d’un large éventail de disciplines et prenant diverses formes, telles que la musique, le son, la littérature, les arts visuels, le théâtre, les spectacles et les arts médiatiques, ainsi que des œuvres écrites universitaires sur la place du travail créatif par rapport aux pandémies, dans un contexte à la fois historique et contemporain.
« Plusieurs des problèmes complexes que la pandémie de la COVID-19 a imposés à la société canadienne sont difficiles à traduire dans notre langage de tous les jours, » souligne Sean Caulfield, président du groupe de travail. « Les Canadiens éprouvent quotidiennement de l’inquiétude, de l’anxiété, de l’isolement et du désarroi, et cherchent à se donner de l’espoir et du courage alors que le pays s’efforce de traverser tant bien que mal cette période d’incertitude. Le travail créatif peut jouer un rôle essentiel en nous aidant à donner voix à ces aspects de la pandémie ainsi qu’à comprendre et à illustrer plus en profondeur l’impact que la COVID-19 a eu sur le pays ».
Consultez le site Web
Quoi : Mobiliser la créativité : L'art dans la pandémie est un site Web qui sert de plateforme pour la recherche créative liée à la COVID-19, permettant d’archiver et documenter ce moment culturel et offrant une opportunité d'explorer de nouvelles pratiques créatives.
Cet événement gratuit en ligne sera l'occasion pour la communauté d'entendre les artistes et de s'engager avec eux, car ils représentent le large éventail de disciplines et de formes artistiques, y compris la musique, le son, la littérature, les arts visuels, le théâtre, les arts de la scène et les arts médiatiques, ainsi que des travaux universitaires sur la place du travail créatif par rapport aux pandémies dans un contexte à la fois historique et contemporain.
Link pour le Video du Vernissage ICI
EAHR Curatorial Statement: (pre)existing conditions (#earh_isea2020) is a selection of seven projects closely resonating with the ISEA2020 theme of “Why Sentience?” that are part of EAHR’s larger HEAR US NOW! Instagram Project (@eahrconcordia) whose goal was to connect with and support the work of BIPOC artists during this time of uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of ten weeks June 29 through September, HEAR US NOW! posted weekly submissions of artistic responses to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the urgent call to address ongoing systemic racism and oppression, (pre-)existing conditions, climate change, and social justice activism. With the lockdown, artists did not have physical venues to exhibit their work making the Internet the obvious recourse. During the practice of physical distancing measures, social media also functioned as an important site for sharing videos, news, and information about anti-racist movements. Instagram was chosen because it best conveyed the variances of responses over a ten-week period curated during COVID-19. The Instagram project has transformed into a digital travelling exhibition to continue sharing the work and honouring the voices of BIPOC artists during the crises.
GLOBAL SOUTH WORKING GROUP PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
In partnership with EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group) and the Department of Art History at Concordia University
Organized by the Global South Working Group in partnership with the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR). The Global South Working Group is a research group founded in 2020 that examines the colonial and colonizing implications of the designation “Global South’’ for the transnational study of art history. This event was made possible with the collaboration of Projeto Afro, the Concordia Art History Graduate Students’ Association, the Interuniversity PhD Program in Art History, and the Department of Art History at Concordia University. The Global South Working Group is supported by the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories.
We are excited to invite you to the latest virtual EAHR event: a finissage party for the past few virtual exhibitions that EAHR has organized, including the Instagram (@eahrconcordia) exhibition HEAR US NOW! and our contribution to ISEA 2020: (pre)existing conditions.
The event will be this Friday December 11th, 2:00-4:00 pm over Zoom.
Each of the artists involved in the exhibitions will introduce themselves, there will be some performances, and we will have break-out room discussions. We would like for each person to move freely between break-out rooms in order to converse on the topics they prefer and to meet a variety of people. We thought that our exhibitions were lacking networking and social opportunities between artists, curators and audience members and hope that this event will fill that need.
If you would like to contribute conversation topics please click here !
Click here for the Zoom link, which requires a short registration prior to the event !
EAHR’s Instagram Exhibition titled HEAR US NOW! Is coming to a close, after exhibiting 20 wonderful artists. Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim, EAHR Faculty Advisor and member of the Artistic Committee for ISEA 2020 (Intersociety of Electronic Arts) has invited EAHR to curate a selection of new media artworks from the summer Instagram project that resonate with ISEA’s theme this year, which is “Why Sentience.” ISEA is a major international symposium and festival on technology and new media art that is taking place as a hybrid event online and in Montreal this week October 13th through 18th!
The selection of 7 of these artists are being represented under ISEA2020’s collaborative projects: (pre)existing conditions. Find the selected work on the Instagram hashtag: #EAHR_ISEA2020
EAHR Instagram: @eahrconcordia
Please find below a link to the ISEA website.
The EAHR project is listed under collaborations.
Michèle Pearson Clarke | Michaëlle Sergile | Ashley Raghubir - Hosted by Conversations in Contemporary Art
Presented in collaboration with 4thSpace
tHURSDAY OCTOBER 15TH 2020 1:30-3:00PM
This event will unfold as a digital roundtable with Michèle Pearson Clarke, Michaëlle Sergile and Ashley Raghubir discussing collectivity, kinship and care in their research and practice. Zoom will become a multi-media space of image-sharing, reading and the generosity of listening across practices and positions.
Le cycle de conversations débutera par une table ronde virtuelle réunissant Michèle Pearson Clarke, Michaëlle Sergile et Ashley Raghubir. Elles discuteront collectivité, parentalité et soins dans le contexte de leur recherche et de leur pratique. Pour l’occasion, l’outil Zoom servira d’espace multimédia pour la diffusion d’images, la lecture et l’écoute généreuse transcendant pratiques et opinions.
How can you participate in the discussion? Register for the Zoom webinar or watch live on Facebook.
Comment pouvez-vous participer à la discussion? Inscrivez-vous au webinaire Zoom ou regardez en direct sur Facebook.
Have questions? Send them to email@example.com.
Avoir des questions? Envoyez-les à firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conversations in Contemporary Art is a free event series sponsored by Concordia University's Studio Arts MFA Program. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear artists, designers, critics, writers, educators, and curators share their practice(s) and perspectives. All 2020-2021 events will be hosted online, via Zoom, and will explore approaches to and perspectives on "Radical Hospitality."
Série d’activités gratuites, le cycle de conversations sur l’art contemporain est parrainé par le programme de maîtrise ès beaux-arts en arts plastiques de l’Université Concordia. Ces rencontres vous offrent l’occasion d’entendre des artistes, conceptrices et concepteurs, critiques, auteures et auteurs, enseignantes et enseignants et curatrices et curateurs discuter de leur pratique et de leur vision. En 2020-2021, toutes les conversations se dérouleront en ligne, via Zoom. Organisées en collaboration avec Espace 4, elles aborderont diverses démarches et perspectives liées à l’« hospitalité radicale ».
THERE/THEN, HERE/NOW: BLACK WOMEN'S HAIR AND DRESS IN
THE FRENCH EMPIRE
BY DR. JOANA JOACHIM
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7TH, 6:00 PM - 7:00PM
Joana Joachim earned her PhD in the department of Art History and Communication Studies and at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University working under the supervision of Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson. Her research interests include Black feminist art histories, Black Canadian studies and Canadian slavery studies. Dr. Joachim’s SSHRC-funded doctoral work, There/Then, Here/Now: Black Women’s Hair and Dress in the French Empire, examines the visual culture of Black women’s hair and dress in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, investigating practices of self-preservation and self-care through the lens of creolization. She has been appointed as a McGill Provostial Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Institutional Histories, Slavery and Colonialism beginning in the Fall of 2020 and she currently teaches a course on race and art in Canada in the department of art history at McGill.
Dr. Joachim's talk is presented as part of EAHRx10 Alumni, a special series of events in 2020-2021 celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group. EAHRx10 Alumni seeks to highlight the resilience and ongoing labour of care practiced by racialized people in academia as well as reflect on the significant scholarly contributions and creative communities initiatives such as EAHR generate in the realm of arts and culture that reach beyond the university.
Presented by EAHRX10 Alumni: Adrienne Johnson, Geneviève Wallen, Rajee Jeji Shergill, and Tamara Harkness
‘サモアについてのうた (Samoa ni tsuite no uta) | A song about Sāmoa’(2019–) detail by Yuki Kihara.
Funding received from Creative New Zealand – the national arts development agency of the Government of New Zealand.
Courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.
FKRG X RAJNI SHAH ~ EXHAUSTION AND SOLIDARITY (ONLINE SESSION)
What does it mean to come together as exhausted ones?
How does exhaustion already sit in our bodies as BIPOC activists?
What are the relationships between resistance, exhaustion, and structural oppression?
This workshop-gathering is inspired by Akwugo Emejulu & Leah Bassel’s recent article, ‘The politics of exhaustion’ which proposes, among other things, the notion of ‘structural exhaustion’. Rather than simply discussing these themes, Rajni invites those who are exhausted to come together and experience solidarity, respite, and reflection. There is no required reading for the session, and you will be welcome to participate in any way you need, including remaining camera-off if this is most comfortable for you. Rajni will share the article that inspired the session with everyone after we meet.
In order to create a safer space, Rajni has requested that this online gathering is restricted to people who identify as BIPOC* (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour).
Please register in advance so that we can send you details nearer to the time. The form to register is here: https://forms.gle/QDVEi5mgHtonZtt57
* These terms can feel clumsy, but are helpful in the work of decentering whiteness. If you self-identify as BIPOC you are welcome here, no questions asked.