Reflections on the State of Blackness

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us for Dr. Andrea Fatona’s discussion of her ongoing interdisciplinary project: “The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation”. The project interrogates issues of pedagogy and diversity in the context of both tertiary art education and gallery settings. It highlights the dearth of cultural production and in turn, presentation activities by black artists who because of racial difference have historically been at the margins of “traditional” visions of the Canadian nation and its art production.

Andrea Fatona is an associate professor in the Criticism and Curatorial program. She was the former curator of contemporary art at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and has worked as the programme director at Video In, Vancouver, Co-Director of Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, and Artistic Director of Artspace Gallery, Peterborough. Fatona is concerned with the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by 'other' Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190
Reflections on the State of Blackness Poster

ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change

Image of ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE panel participants
Image of ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE panel participants
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 5:00am

Dr. Andrea Fatona, Graduate Program Director of our Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program and Elisha Lim, MFA (2017) Candidate, spoke at a panel on making public and private galleries more inclusive.

On January 23, 2016, OCAD University's professional gallery presented a panel discussion and workshop entitled: ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change.

Dr. Fatona provided an historic overview of the context to institutional arts racial inclusion, through arts council grant programs and the Massey-Levesque report.

Lim spoke about her solution to gallery diversity, e.g. hiring Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to senior staff positions in galleries, art schools and arts organizations. They suggested removing "formal art degrees" from the list of qualifications in art job postings, and focusing instead on passion and a variety of experiences. They concluded with a list of the low-rank art positions that potential employers can look to find talented, committed, skillful people of colour, suitable to more senior positions.

The panel also include Irene Loughlin, a Canadian performance artist and writer and was moderated by Onsite Curator, Lisa Deanne Smith.

Photo credit: Ju-Hye Ahn.

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