Concordia’s Art History Department was well-represented at a two-day symposium held during Canada’s first-ever Craft Biennial, last week in Toronto.
The symposium explored the Biennial’s theme Can Craft? Craft Can! through eleven sessions, covering a wide range of themes and approaches, presented by forty-four scholars and makers from around the world.
The theme of the Biennial allows scholars, curators, and makers at the symposium to explore questions of “what is and who is Canadian Craft?” and to analyze ideas regarding the agency of craft.
“Can craft teach? Can craft decolonize? Can craft be contemporary and relevant? Can craft (drive) discourse? Can craft innovate? Can craft collaborate? And, of course, the answer is always Craft Can!” says Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Chair of the Art History Department, and a member of the Biennial’s advisory committee.