Qaumajuq Inuit art centre
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Dr. Heather Igloliorte Lead Curator, Qaumajuq Inuit art centre, and Co-Chair,
Winnipeg Art Gallery Indigenous Advisory Circle (2017-2021)


In March 2021 Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre, opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB. Dr. Heather Igloliorte is both the lead guest curator of the inaugural exhibition of INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together) —alongside three emerging Inuit curators representing all of Inuit Nunangat, the four Inuit regions of Canada: asinnajaq, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, and Kablusiak—and Co-Chair of the WAG’s Indigenous Advisory Circle with Co-Chair Dr. Julie Nagam. The two-night, televised and live-streamed opening of this new centre was watched by tens of thousands of people across Canada and worldwide, and was widely covered by such media as the New York Times, Globe and Mail, CBC, and others, leading to Igloliorte’s recognition as Concordia Newsmaker of the Month for March 2021.

 Blackity (2021-2022), vue d’exposition. Crédit photo : Paul Litherland, 2021

“Blackity”, Artexte
Montreal, Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

Dr. Joana Joachim

The cyclical dis-remembering of Black Canadian artistic practices has long been characteristic of art institutions on Turtle Island. Yet, as curator and researcher Andrea Fatona notes in an interview with artist and curator Liz Ikiriko, there are clear periods during which Black Canadian arts practitioners’ work makes itself known despite this phenomenon. Critical writing and archival documentation of these moments are crucial to the process of inscribing them into collective memory and into larger Canadian art historical discourses. Blackity delineates the trajectory of contemporary Black Canadian art as witnessed by Artexte’s collection between the 1970s and the 2010s. The exhibition gathers some key moments and people to consider the thematic, aesthetic or conceptual threads linking them to begin to trace a temporal cartography of Black Canadian art history.

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Embodied Stories: Gender, the Body, and Oral History

June 6, 2021

In 2020-21, Dr. Cynthia Hammond organized a week of activities on the theme of gender, the body, and oral history as part of a bi-annual exchange between the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) and the Scottish Oral History Centre (University of Strathclyde), called the "Summer Institute". This event, which ran from 10-15 June 2021, included over 30 short research papers, live conversations, workshops, and a podcast with Concordia's new Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Oral Tradition and Oral History, Dr. Bimadoshka Pucan, and human rights expert and COHDS affiliate, Dr. Nancy Tapias Torrado.


Community, Conservation, Activism: Montréal as a City of Neighbourhoods

April 17, 2021

In 2020-21, Dr. Cynthia Hammond organized the half-day “City Seminar” that is an annual feature of the Society of Architectural Historians conference, which in 2021 was focused on Montreal. The event included a keynote lecture by Phyllis Lambert, long-time urban activist and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Nakuset, an Indigenous activist and executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal; Eunice Bélidor, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Dr. Laurence Parent, postdoctoral researcher on urban space and disabilities and Candidate de Projet Montréal au poste de conseillère d'arrondissement dans le district De Lorimier; and urban activist and member of Montreal's Little Burgundy community, Oumalker Idil Kalif. The event took place on 17 April 2021 and had over 300 registrants.

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The Art History Vitrine hosts month-long exhibitions curated by professors and graduate students – often using original works by Concordia students.

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