This afternoon's guests, Deanna Bowen and Rachelle Dickenson, are planning a casual conversation about researching/creating/curating against the grain. They will touch on past and recent projects and an ongoing collaborative research project; there will be time for discussion and Q&A at the end of their remarks.
Conversations in Contemporary Art is a free event series sponsored by Concordia University's Studio Arts MFA Program. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear artists, designers, critics, writers, educators, and curators share their practice(s) and perspectives. All 2020-2021 events will be hosted online, via Zoom, and will explore approaches to and perspectives on "Radical Hospitality."
I am a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. My family history has been the central pivot of my auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary practice since the early 1990s. I am a recipient of a 2020 Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts Award, a 2018 Canada Council Research and Creation Grant, an Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant in 2017, a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. My writing, interviews and art works have been published in Canadian Art, The Capilano Review, The Black Prairie Archives, and Transition Magazine. I am the editor of the 2019 publication Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada. [Deanna Bowen is a new faculty member at Concordia University, and you can peruse her faculty profile HERE and artist website HERE.]
I am of British, Irish and Red River Métis ancestry through my paternal Grandfather. Having learned about my Métis ancestry as an adult, I am guided by decolonial and Indigenous methodologies and the arts and academic communities of which I am a part. I am an independent curator, with a PhD from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, and was the co-curator of Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu Continuel in the Indigenous Art Department at the National Gallery of Canada. Currently I am developing and teaching online courses in curatorial studies, Indigenous and settler art histories and critical museology at NSCAD University (Fall 2020) and Carleton University (Winter 2021). My research and practice focuses on relationships and distinctions between white settler and Indigenous art histories, pedagogies and curatorial practices in Canadian art exhibition and educational institutions in support of generative Indigenous and white settler arts collaborations.