Kimberly Juanita Brown’s research engages the site of the visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging. Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) examines slavery’s profound ocular construction, the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who existed there. She is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled “Mortevivum: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual.” This project examines images of the dead in the New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti. Brown argues that a cartography of the ocular exists in documentary images to normalize global violence, particularly if the victims are black. Brown is the founder and convener of the Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Studies Seminar. The Dark Room is a working group of scholars who are invested in the intersection of critical race theory and visual culture studies.
Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University, and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social Environmental Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.
Lynne Milgram’s research is rooted in gender studies and anthropology, but lends itself to interdisciplinary collaborations of all kinds. Analyzing the commoditization of indigenous craft production and trade in Ifugao province, northern Philippines, Milgram’s doctoral research analyzed the criteria women use to determine their differential engagement in cultivation and craft-making activities and whether to produce market-oriented or for-local-use textiles and baskets.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 11:00pm
Curated by Pam Patterson with Serena Lee
Co-sponsored by Women in Action (CWSE/OISE/UT),
XPACE Cultural Centre, and the AGO Youth Council
(presenting ShiftChange) with Toronto video, film, and
new media artists Loree Erickson, Spy Dénommé-Welch,
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Alexandra Hazisavvas, fibre
artist, Frances Mahon, with a performance by Claudia
Gender bend, gender blend - Oh ! Have we got trouble! The fun,
sexxy, hot, meets “voguing” - What a “drag”! Get rid of those bina-
ries! Engage with life-sized on the wall grls/gys and video & film
b(l)enders. “Perform” (or critique) a new persona at the gallery site,
see a performance and a portable gender-abled potty, and work-
shop, in conversation, with the artists on site. Play with where you
stand (or pass?).... anything is dizzyingly possible.
Venue & Address:
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario