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Alexandra Nordstrom is an MA student in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. Her current research examines how craft practices and Indigenous methodologies can be mobilized together as agents of activism. Alexandra completed her BA in Art History at the University of British Columbia where she was awarded the Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Aboriginal Students.
Autumn Cadorette is in her final year of her BFA in Art History and Studio Arts at Concordia University. Some of her research interests include studying how archives and institutions contribute the formation of national narratives, and her studio practice centers around enacting memory through craft based mediums.
Elizabeth Davis is an MA candidate in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a Minor in Political Science from McGill University. Elizabeth current research focuses on fat embodiment, subjectivity and vulnerability and shame in the art of Laura Aguilar and Jenny Saville.
Laurence Charlebois is an MA candidate in the department of art history at Concordia University. Prior to her graduate studies, she completed her bachelor’s degree at McGill University with a major in Art History and minor in Hispanic Studies. Her current research is looking at ecocriticism and participatory art in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Vicious Circular Breathing.
Renata Critton-Papp is a second-year Art History major at Concordia University in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal. Moving between research, visual arts, and creative writing, her practice revolves around documenting emotion, memory, and healing through creation. She is interested in studying intersectionality, accessibility, and reconciliation within art institutions.
Austin Henderson is an artist and researcher, currently pursuing an MA in Art History at Concordia University in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal. He holds a BFA in Visual Art from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Austin’s involvement with GAX began in the Fall of 2018 when he participated in Dr. Jim’s graduate seminar: “Curating Global Asian Indigenous.”
Chiara Montpetit is pursuing a MA in art history at Concordia University under the supervision of Alice Ming Wai Jim. Her current thesis focuses on oral histories inviting empathic listening to narratives of female migrant garment workers. In addition to her academic endeavours, Chiara has interned in Canada and Italy, including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery and the Cultural Association il Palmerino. Previously, Chiara completed a BA at the University of Ottawa with a double major in Art History and Theory and Italian Language and Culture.
Hanss Lujan Torres
Hanss Lujan Torres (b. Cusco, Peru) is an artist, curator and MA candidate in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and a Minor in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. His current research considers identity politics, queer theory, and the archive as points of departure to examine the social impact of contemporary art.
Petra Höller is an artist, poet and arts facilitator originally from unceded Syilx/Okanagan Nation territory in the area referred to as British Columbia. Their research and art practice examine “North American” society and critically analyse art institutions and visual culture. Petra is currently studying Art History and Studio Arts at Concordia University in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal on unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Kimberly Glassman, Jeanne Voizard Marceau, Gabrielle Montpetit, Kanwal Syed.
Estelle/Gatien Wathieu is a MA Student in Art History at Concordia University working under the supervision of Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim. Their thesis focuses on the intersection(s) of contemporary art, corporate social media platforms, and social justice activism. In parallel to their academic studies, Estelle is enthusiastic about deepening their knowledge of herbalism and healing justice, and is working towards building a community-based healing practice.
Raven Spiratos currently is a Masters candidate at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson in the department of Art History. Her research interests include the intersection of mixed race populations, with a particular focus on Black mixed race, and art history in Canada taking care to, when possible, draw from Canadian scholars that deal with Black Canadian identity. Her work examines representations of mixed race Black persons in contemporary visual art in Canada that question the legacies of Canadian slavery. More information: https://ravenspiratos.com/
Adrienne Johnson (founding member)
Adrienna Johnson is a Ph.D candidate in art history at McGill University, and holds an MA in Art History from Concordia University (2015). A passionate and long-time contributor to Montreal’s indie art scene, Johnson’s current research is focused on African Canadian landscape painting from the late nineteenth century as it relates to the exploration of African Canadian presence, creative authorship, (mis)representation, and the formation of identity. In addition to contributing to the Canadian Women’s Art Historical Initiative (CWAHI), she is a co-founder of Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR), a student-driven research community based in Concordia’s Art History Department, launched in 2011 with Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim that 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.