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Audrey Robillard

Audrey Robillard (she/her) is a current graduate student in the MA of Art History at Concordia University located on the unceded Indigenous lands of Tiohtià: ke/Montreal. She holds a BFA in Communication from the Université de Sherbrooke and graduated with Distinction from a BFA in Art History at Concordia University in 2021.

Under the supervision of Dr. John Potvin, Audrey will look at the colonial politics of museums’ spaces such as those of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec and examine how their architecture frame Indigenous works and thus our experience and understanding of their artistic practices and cultural perspectives. She engages with this research from a settler colonial perspective and does not assume representing Indigenous communities in issues of institutional representation and violence. On the contrary, she wishes to work from her status as an ally to research the subversive potential of the spaces of current museums and nurturing new ways of investing these spaces with Indigenous methodologies. Besides her research, she is fascinated by German women artists active from the Weimar period onward, along with artists addressing the body and its abjection through art and performances.

Thesis Title: Working title — The Museum’s Politics of Space and Colonial framing of Indigenous Art: The Case of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec

Supervisor: Dr. John Potvin

Research Interests:

  • Decolonizing Methodologies  
  • Curatorial and Museum Studies 
  • Indigenous Art Histories 
  • Textiles Practices 
  • 20th-century Art and Architecture  
  • Women Artists and Performances 
  • Sexuality, Corporeality, and Representations of the Gendered Body
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