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'I hope to showcase more of the communities that shape Concordia'

Meet Annick MF, Concordia’s Instagram curator for February
February 8, 2018
By Allison Saunders

As Concordia's Instagram curator, community organizer Annick MF plans to share a “month in the life” of a Black Montrealer. “I feel like my perspective as a Montreal-born-and-raised Black student can bring a lot to the table,” she says.

Since 2016, members of the community have been invited to capture their vision of the university and share it with Concordia’s Instagram followers, using the hashtag #CUseenby

Symbols of Resistance

A master’s student in communication studies in the Faculty of Arts of Science, Annick says she wants to draw out links to the larger realities of her community, and to share her experiences as a new mom.

This month, she is also curating an exhibition at Galerie Mile-End called Symbols of Resistance, which recognizes Black artists and their stories.

She notes that February, which is Black History Month, has become the only conventional time when conversations around Blackness are given space and resources.

“This is a cycle that must be addressed and broken so that Blackness can have opportunities to thrive and be recognized all year long,” Annick says.

‘I want to encourage other students to engage with the city’

What do you hope to do with the Concordia Instagram account?

I hope to give you an exclusive tour of Montreal through the eyes of a local student who spends very little time on campus. Concordia is uniquely placed as part of the city, rather than separate like most other university campuses.

But even without physical barriers, the Concordia community is often isolated from the rest of the city. I hope to showcase more of the communities that continuously shape Concordia and encourage other students to engage with this city I call home.

What are three or four of your favourite accounts?

  • @glowzi — G L O W Z I is one of the artists featured in the Symbols of Resistance exhibition I am organizing. She’s an incredibly talented young artist; her aesthetics are killer, her message is powerful and I really wish I could pull off her style.

  • @narcynarce — Yassin Alsalman is a good friend who teaches hip hop at Concordia … yes you read right, he teaches hip hop at Concordia (I used to TA his class so I know what I’m talking about). And he’s an amazing rapper / producer. I love following him on Instagram because his posts are a nice mix between political and hilarious.

  • @myepiphany — I love Ny because she keeps me motivated as a busy new mama. We don’t share a similar lifestyle but we’re both aiming to thrive as busy creative mamas who labour with their little ones by their side. Sometimes you just need to be mirrored to feel encouraged.

What tips do you have for Concordia students who are looking to improve their Instagram presence, or just take great photos?

Figure out your goal and commit to the task. An Instagram aimed at family members is curated very differently than one that is meant to be an artist profile.

Personally, my account is an online keepsake of moments I felt like sharing with my online community. I love going back and seeing what I’ve wanted to share over the years, so as long as I remember to post a few pictures a year I’m satisfied. What would make you feel satisfied?

Follow Annick MF’s journey via the #CUseenby hashtag.

And, if you’re interested in becoming a Concordia Instagram curator, tag a photo with #CUinstagram, send it by direct message from the app or email a link to your photo to If we like what we see, we’ll be in touch!


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