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Noémie Fortin

Noémie Fortin is currently completing her MA in Art History at Concordia University. She lives in the Eastern Townships, originally coming from Lac-Mégantic and currently established in Cookshire-Eaton with her partner and daughter. She holds a Double Honours BA in Art History and Fine Arts from Bishop’s University.

Under the supervision of Dr Cynthia Hammond, Noémie’s master thesis seeks to uncover the potential for rural art institutions to intervene directly and locally in larger questions of landscape and collective stewardship in the wake of global environmental crisis and change, and to pose questions about the different ways that institutional frameworks, methodologies and practices have grappled with those issues.

While studying at Concordia University, Noémie works as Visual Arts Coordinator at the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment in Saint-Edmond-de-Grantham, and as Curator of Education at the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke. She has contributed writings to Vie des Arts, Inter Art Actuel, EX_SITU and The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, and is the 2020-21 student-writer in residence at 3e Impérial in Granby. At Concordia, she was a research assistant for the SSHRC funded projects Understanding Plastics Pollution: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Forensic Methodology” with Kelly Jazvac and Dr Kirsty Robertson, and “The Eco-didactic Turn in Art and Design Installations for the Public Realm” with the Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology And Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE).

Thesis Title: Natural and Manufactured: Place-Based Arts Ecology in Rural Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Cynthia Imogen Hammond
Research Interests:
  • Site-specific and socially engaged art
  • Art in and against the Anthropocene 
  • Eco-art and arts ecology
  • Critical rural art
  • Folk art and contemporary craft
  • Museum studies and curatorial practice
  • Art education and cultural mediation
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