Charissa von Harringa
Charissa von Harringa is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD, 2022) in Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Her dissertation examines the relationship between Arctic Indigenous art, Institutions and Exhibition Practices. She holds a Master’s degree from Concordia University (2016) in Art History and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from New York University (2007). She is the co-curator of the international circumpolar exhibition, Among All These Tundras (2018), an Associate Curator, for Tusarnitut! Music Born of the Cold at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, an affiliate of Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership Partnership Grant under the direction of Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Concordia University, Montreal), a Fonds de recherche du Québec—Société et culture scholarship recipient, and the author of several published articles, chapters, reviews, including a recently published chapter on artistic modernism in Greenland for a Routledge publication titled, Women Artists in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1960 and a Co-Editor/Contributor of Arctic Prisms: Contemporary Arts from Across Inuit Nunaat and Sápmi (2022).
Thesis Title: Circumpolar Poethics: Contemporary Arctic Indigenous Art, Institutions, and Exhibition Practices
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Igloliorte
- Indigenous Institutional Critique
- Exhibitionary Histories and Practices
Teaching – Undergraduate Courses:
- ARTH 380 Histories of Art History
Research Assistant – to Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijarariusarniq Project
Publications, conferences and exhibitions:
- Book Chapter, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2020.
von Harringa, Charissa. “Movement and the Living Surface: Greenlandic Modernism, Pia Arke,
and the Decolonial Legacy of Women Artists in Greenland.” In Modern Women Artists in the
Nordic Countries, 1900–1960 Kerry Greaves, ed. Routledge, 2020.
- Book Chapter, Montreal, Canada, 2020.
von Harringa, Charissa. “Sounding Home: Kalaallit Media Aesthetics in Personal and Collective Narrative
Space.” In Arctic Prisms: Contemporary Arts from Across Inuit Nunaat and Sápmi, Montreal:
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, 2022.
- Book Chapter, Toronto, Canada, 2020.
von Harringa, Charissa and Amy Prouty. “Among All These Tundras: A Visual Essay.” In Qummut Qukiria!: Art, Culture, and Sovereignty Across Inuit Nunaat and Sápmi: Mobilizing the Circumpolar North, edited by Heather Igloliorte, Anna Hudson, and Jan-Erik Lindström. Toronto: York University Press, 2020.
- Book Review, Cambridge, MA. 2018.
von Harringa, Charissa. Paul O’Neil, Mick Wilson, Lucy Steeds, eds., How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2017, 248 pp. Exhibition Essay, Concordia University, Montréal, QC. 2018.
- von Harringa, Charissa. “To Be United With the Instrument: Photography, Performance, and the Legacy of Pia Arke”. Inuit Art Quarterly, 29.2, Summer, 2016, 36-41.