The Spectacle and/in the Society: Who has access to art?
Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it's all up to the participants.
Who gets to name themselves an artist? Who gets to access art and in what spaces? Does everyone have an artistic voice? This public conversation considers the privilege of artistic creation and consumption. How can art become a vehicle for individual emancipation? Do venues mandated to showcase have a responsibility to situation themselves in relation to a social change narrative? How are communities transformed by artistic creation?
Maher Kouraytem is an autodidact artist based in Montreal (Tiohtiàke), born in Beirut (Berith) . His motto is: anyone can Fart, anyone can do Art. He has articipated in many solo and collective exhibitions in Montreal and the Middle East (Lebanon, Israel, Kuwait, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, UAE). He is currently studying community engagement at Université de Montréal, and gives a once a week a silkscreen workshop to homeless individuals at Acceuil Bonneau.
Shane Watt is a music composer, producer and contemporary artist best known for his semi-fictitious, map drawings and paintings. He has exhibited internationally and his work has been featured in a number of online and print books and media. His work is focused within deconstructionism and anti foundational thought and these themes run throughout his work including mapmaking/mural workshops, a series of radio podcasts and his musical endeavours .
Vero Leduc is an artist and engaged scholar as well as a professor in the Programme d'action culturelle at the Département de communication sociale et publique of UQAM. and holds a PhD in communication studies and an MA in social work. She is involved with various research initiatives. Holding a Ph.D in Communication and a Master’s degree in Social Work, she is the first Deaf university professor in Quebec. Her projects and practices are anchored in research-creation and critical, feminist, queer, intersectional, crip and Deaf perspectives.
Moderator: Emma Haraké is a visual artist and educator who also collaborates on curatorial projects and events. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Concordia University’s Art Education Department. Her research interests include autobiographical and arts-based inquiries, memory work, storytelling and oral history. Emma has worked extensively in the non-profit sector and locates her teaching within community-based practices.
262, avenue Fairmount Ouest