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Kessie Theliar-Charles

Kessie graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Art History, she is now pursuing her Master’s degree at the same university. Former president of the Haitian Students Association of Concordia (HSAC), she has coordinated various events focusing on the intergenerational transmission of knowledge and history within the Haitian local community. Active affiliate of CIDIHCA (Centre International de Documentation et d’Information Haitienne, Caribéenne et Afro-Canadienne), she is interested in the recuperation, preservation, recognition, and dissemination of the art and cultural legacies of Black visual artists who were and are active in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal.

Working Thesis Title: Tim Tim? Bwa Chèch!: Effacement de la présence des artistes visuels haïtiens à Montréal 1964-1986

Supervisor: Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim

Research Interests:

  • Black Canadian Art
  • Oral History 
  • Artists Run Centers
  • Archival Research
  • Haitian Art
  • Historiography

Teaching Assistantships:

  • ARTH 373 Issues in Contemporary Canadian Art: Visual Culture in Canada
    1960s to the Present, Instructor: Alex Tigchelaar -Department of Art History (Fall 2020 - September 2020/December 2020)

  • ARTH 389 Ethnocultural Art Histories: Race, Citizenship, and Art in Canada, Instructor: Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim - Department of Art History (Fall 2021 - September 2021/December 2021)
  • ARTH 298 Special Topics in Genre Studies: Black Atlantic Art, instructor: Dr. Joana Joachim (Winter 2023-January 2023/April 2023)

Research Assistantships: 

  • La Ville Extraordinaire : Connaissances urbaines des Montréalais âgés à travers l'histoire orale et la recherche-création at Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Head Researcher: Dr. Cynthia Hammond & Dr. Shauna Janssen

  • Research Assistant for Dr. Joana Joachim

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