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Adrian Deveau

Adrian Deveau is a writer, artist, and PhD student in Art History at Concordia University and holds an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of British Columbia. Adrian has worked with arts-based organizations including Thinking Through the Museum: Museum Queeries, the Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), Vancouver Biennale, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and Reelout Film Festival. In their research, Adrian is interested in the intersection of queer art and political protest, Artist-Run Centre Culture, and the methodology of Telepathy within the archive.

Thesis Title: Out of the Bedrooms, Into the Streets! The Aesthetic Reification of a Queer Self in Canada, 1990-2020

Supervisors: Dr. Michelle McGeough

Research Interests:

  • Canadian Art
  • Queer Theory
  • Witchcraft
  • Marxist Feminism
  • Artist-Run Centres

Teaching Assistantships:

  • 01/2024 – 04/2024 Teaching Assistant, ARTH374: “Architecture and Urbanism in Montreal” Concordia University, Montreal, QC. 
  • 09/2023 – 12/2023 Teaching Assistant, ARTH300: “Art Historical Methods” Concordia University Montreal, QC. 
  • 09/2021 – 04/2023 Teaching Assistant, ARTH 200: “Perspectives in Art History” Concordia University, Montreal, QC. 
  • 05/2022 – 06/2022 Teaching Assistant, ARTH 262: “Aspects in the History of Drawing: The Performative Line” Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Research Assistanships:

Research Assistant for Dr. Michelle McGeough, Thinking Through the Museum: Museum Queeries

Publications, conferences and exhibitions:


  • Forthcoming “Telepathic Visions: A Psychic Investigation of Queer Hauntings in Canadian Archives” in Museum Queeries: Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer, and LGBTTQ* Interventions into Museums and Curation, Edited by Angela Failler, Michelle McGeough, and Heather Milne. Poland: Jagiellonian University Press. 
  • 01/2024 ““Where Were You in ’92?” Exhibition Review” in Asian Diasporic Cultures and the Americas, Edited by Natasha Bissonauth. Leiden: Brill. 10/2023 
  • “Consultation with the Devil: Witchcraft and Stolen Land in the Colonial Quebecois Imaginary,” in Ghost Light Part Two, Edited by Caroline Abbott. Network in Canadian History and Environment. 10/2023 
  • “Let There Be blood: Abjection and Colonial Subjectivation in the Rise of Indigenous Horror Film” in Colonialism’s Long Shadow: Ampersand Volume II Issue II. Boston University. 08/2023 
  • “A Story of a Lost Life: Absence and Longing in HIV/AIDS Photographs” in Les Lieux des Savoirs Photographique: Les archives/Sites of Photographic Knowledge: The Archives, Edited by Martha Langford and Eduardo Ralickas. Montreal: Artexte. 


  • 07/03 – 10/03/2024: “Consultation with the Devil: Witchcraft and Stolen Land in the Colonial Quebecois Imaginary,” “Witch Stories: An Examination of Revisionist Histories and Legacy,” Northeastern Modern languages Association, Tufts University, Boston, MA. 
  • 27/10/2022 – 29/10/2022: “GAI with a Very Proper Stranger: The Courtroom Drawings of The Body Politic on Trial, 1982,” “Queer Episodes in Canadian Art,” Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC), The University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 
  • 05/11/2021 – 06/11/2021: “Methotrexate, Azidothymidine (A Prayer for Healing): The Rise of Technopharmaceutical Capitalism in the Work of Sharona Franklin and General Idea,” Edible Undercurrents: Food in Art History, The 56th Annual UCLA Art History Graduate Symposium, UCLA, Los Angeles, California. Accessible: 
  • 17/09/2021 – 18/09/2021: “Fires of Tyrannical Value, Bodies of Dereification: The Crimes of Petr Pavlensky,” Letting It Burn: Art Worlds Ablaze, Seventh Annual Symposium in Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 
  • 03/06/2020: “Exploitation in Memoriam: The Trap of Imperial Valorization and Postcolonial Nationhood through the War-time Photography of Glenn S. Hensley,” Decadence: Flows of Abundance and Decay, AHVA Symposium, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.



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