Afrofuturism as an Arts Movement: Black Fantasy, Science & Speculative Fiction in Visual Arts from 2009 to 2019
Quentin VerCetty Lindsay is an award-winning multidisciplinary visual griot (storyteller) and arts educator who is currently working on his MA in Art Education at Concordia University with a focus on teaching Afrofuturism to underserved communities. Lindsay's art has been featured in numerous media outlets and publications in various countries including Japan, Haiti, Peru, Ghana, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and France.
For more information on EAHR’s Library Research Residency and Quentin’s research project on Afrofuturism (and our previous year’s project on African art by Chelsy Monie), please visit the Concordia Library Website at: https://www.concordia.ca/library/guides/art-history.html#4.
Co-presented by SAVAC and Cinema Politica
In partnership with the EAHR Concordia (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group) and EAHR|Media CISSC Working Group, Concordia University.
A discussion will follow the screening with curator Sharlene Bamboat and artists Swapnaa Tamhane (August Fröhls) and Oliver Husain. Moderated by Ronald Rose-Antoinette.
MONITOR 13 invites the viewer to consider the indecipherable traces and charges of the past. It is an invitation to dance to the meditative, moving images in the program. Through letters, biographies, surfaces, sounds and architectures, the curators have assembled the films to gesture not only towards things lost and hidden along the way, but their connections to living and renewal.
MONITOR is SAVAC’s longstanding experimental South Asian film and video program that holds steady engagement with an international community of artists, curators and critics, initiating dialogues around the shifting nature of South Asian politics, economies and landscapes through artists’ film.
Curators: Priya Sen, Sharlene Bamboat
Artists: Faraz Anoushahpour & Parastoo Anoushahpour, Rehana Zaman, Nazli Dinçel, Michelle Williams Gamaker, August Fröhls, Weeda Azim, Oliver Husain
‘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
Application Deadline: April 5, 2019.
Term of maximum 4 weeks (total of 40 hours). Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant between May-July.
Location: Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
Eligibility: Art History (major or minor) undergraduate or graduate students at Concordia University.
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Project Proposal (300-400 words) responding to the following question:
What underrepresented area of research in ethnic and cultural art history do you want to investigate and why?
3. Proposed Schedule
The EAHR Research Residency Diversifying Academia at Concordia: EAHR Research Residency, asks the resident to respond to the underrepresentation of areas of ethnic minority art history research in the sources available in the Concordia University Libraries. This residency is a self-directed research program that provides residents the opportunity to work independently in the library with the guidance of John Latour (Teaching & Research Librarian - Fine Arts). As part of EAHR’s mandate, the residency promotes critical engagement with issues of ethnic and cultural representation within the visual arts in Canada. We acknowledge the role academia plays in the representation of ethnic and cultural minority art histories; therefore we, encourage our art historians-in-residence to make a scholarly commitment to the investigation of underrepresented areas in the history of art and visual culture through a critical engagement with the available sources at the Concordia Libraries.
Each resident will be responsible for completing an extensive bibliography on a proposed underrepresented or marginalized area of ethnic and/or cultural art history research and use a $500 book fund to recommend new sources on the proposed topic to be integrated into the Concordia Libraries. Additionally, the research-resident will be responsible for writing an article (length can vary) justifying their research findings and developing a way to visualize and communicate the research and acquisition of new library sources in the Webster library as a way of informing the student body of this intervention.
We welcome art history students (major or minor) from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in making visible a marginalized cultural history of art and visual culture in Montreal.
The goals of the research residency, with respect to EAHR’s mandate, would be:
An exhibition by Salma Bensaïfi, Miao Dekat, Joannie Grenier and Petra Höller
With EAHR Mentors Elizabeth Davis, Hanss Torres Lujan, Chiara Montpetit and Alexandra Nordstrom
On view until February 3, 2019
Located on the third floor of the EV building, this vitrine exhibition brings together a group of artworks by Bob Haozous, Sky Hopinka, Alootook Ipellie and Michelle Jack that explore themes of indigeneity and mobility across politically and socially imposed borders of settler-colonial North America. A suitcase made of metal wires render visible the concept of borders, their constant dislocation, as well as the ongoing heated contestation over the presence of physical and virtual walls in the twenty-first century.
This EAHR exhibition is in partnership with students in Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim’s course, ARTH 379 Postcolonial Theory in Art History: Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art, fall 2018. The project is made possible with the support of The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Department of Art History.
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.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 1:00-3:00PM
Art of Living
5369 Boul. St-Laurent #240, Montréal, QC H2T 1S5
H.E.R.E. (Healing Each-Other Radically Everyday)
Hosted by EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group)
Facilitated by Priya Zoe Jain, interdisciplinary artist and yogi interested in practices of art & mindfulness practices and their potential as forms of healing.
An invitation to share, support and celebrate our healing journeys. H.E.R.E. is an open project that aims to strategize healthy and creative habits to use in times of stress, recognizing the importance of building loving connections instead of resorting to self-isolation. This workshop will explore ways that researchers can engage with difficult and sensitive topics, as well as how to create a healthy balanced research program that is stronger, more sensitive, and empowering.
Reserve a seat by emailing email@example.com, before OCTOBER 9th
Concordia's EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research) is organizing a day to trip to Ottawa to visit galleries!
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa Art Gallery
Carleton University Art Gallery
Art History Students of all levels invited!
| October 20th |
Departure is at 8am by bus from Concordia, returning no later than 6pm.
Tickets are $15 (This includes entry to all art galleries and the bus and fees)
Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 1:00-4:30PM
Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art
Concordia University, EV 3.711
1455 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Anti-Oppression in Practice in Artistic and Academic Settings
Facilitators: Kama La Macquerel and Emily Lee Clare (COCo - Center for Community Organizations)
In this workshop, we will be looking at anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices as they are shaped by visible and invisible power dynamics, with a focus on how these impact artistic, cultural and academic settings . Working with story-telling, scenarios, and other pedagogical tools, this workshop will be both practical and theoretical, offering participants the groundings with which to engage meaningfully with anti-oppression practices within their own contexts.Participants are expected to walk away with: a clearer understanding of power dynamics and how they play out in visible and invisible ways; a better understanding of their own positionalities within their organizing, artistic and living contexts; tools with which to navigate conflictual situations and develop accountability; basic understandings of how oppression works and what anti-oppression looks like; understanding white supremacist legacies of the canon.
Refreshments will be served.
EAHR RESEARCH RESIDENCY: DIVERSIFYING ACADEMIA AT CONCORDIA
In Collaboration with the Concordia Library.
Made possible with the support of Concordia’s Department of Art History.
Researcher-in-Residence 2018: Chelsy Monie
Residency Founder & Coordinator: Kimberly Glassman
Art History Librarian Supervisor: Jenna Dufour
The current vitrine exhibit, Art & Africa: Africans as Critical Producers and Consumers of Art, proudly displays the results of the first-ever EAHR Research Residency: Diversifying Academia at Concordia organized by Concordia's Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR). An annotated bibliography was completed over the summer by Concordia undergraduate student Chelsy Monie, as an extensive open source reference tool that promotes critical engagement with issues of ethnic and cultural representation within the visual arts, further instigating a conversation that opens up fundamental spaces for communities that are often misrepresented and/or erased. Monie specifically focused on locating these critical spaces for Africans in art history and demonstrating that Africans are both the creators and consumers of their own art practices.
Accompanying the bibliography on display is a photographic series entitled, Voiceless Utterance (2018) created by Monie as an artistic response to her research during her residency. The series brings together nine women from across the African continent to represent the ‘new’ Venus, one that is far from her typical position as an archetypal symbol of the ideal - the supposed pinnacle of classical Western femininity. By digitally smearing away their mouths, the artist does not remove their voices, but instead emphasizes their silence. Their erotic bodies simultaneously repel and attract viewers, inviting visitors to think critically about the consumption of contemporary African artistic creations in spaces that are fundamentally Western.
Quotes excerpted from “Portrait of the Artist in the Shadow of Discourse: Narrating Modern African Art in 20th Century Art History” (2007) by Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie accompany the photographs. Coming from Nigeria, Ogbechie’s research focuses on the visual culture and art of Africa and its Diasporas, with an emphasis on the values granted to African cultures in the discourse of art history in the age of globalization. His text contextualizes the photographs within a critical discourse of art history that continuously undervalues and negates the works and practices of contemporary African artists. In so doing, Monie calls attention to how African creations are too often rendered voiceless, decontextualized, and misrepresented. Using the epitome of “classical” art, the reclining-nude Venus - whose body represents love, beauty, fertility, and sexuality - Chelsy Monie re-contextualizes a staple of canonical art history.
The full annotated bibliography will be available on the Concordia Library in the Art History Subject Guide as of Thursday, September 13th, 2018. The Residency program is set to recur annually each summer. If you are interested in participating, follow EAHR on Facebook and watch for their next call-out near the end of the Winter Term.
A speaker event also took place on August 30th, 2018 at the VAV Gallery, where the photographic series was first exhibited as part of their Resonance exhibition. Videos of the event will be available here soon.
VIDEO RECORDINGS OF THE EVENT TO COME SOON.
This panel discussion presents four African artists and curators currently living in Canada— Chelsy Monie, Soukayna, Nènè Myriam Konaté, and Kosisochukwu Nnebe—in conjunction with Monie’s photographic series, Voiceless Utterance, featured as part of Galerie VAV Gallery’s exhibition, Resonance // Vernissage.
The panelists shared their experiences as creators, cultural organizers, and consumers working to assert artistic autonomy and agency free of distortion by predetermined ideas about contemporary African art in Euro-American contexts. Their contributions speak volumes to the curatorial challenges of exhibiting the complexities of African artistic practices in today’s contemporary art institutions.
Voiceless Utterance: Speaker Event is presented by EAHR’s 2018 Concordia Library Research Residency: Diversifying Academia in collaboration with the VAV Gallery and Fasa Concordia. EAHR’s activities are made possible with the support of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institution for Studies in Canadian Art and the Department of Art History at Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts.