Reparative Frames: Visual Culture After Reconciliation

Please note: this is a closed workshop and is not available to the public.

Reparative Frames: Visual Culture after Reconciliation invites international artists, researchers and curators to explore the timely and important question of visual culture in and as a practice of reparation. Defining reparation broadly as both an equitable approach to teaching, representing and learning from difficult histories, and an attempt at repairing relations between subjects, this two-day workshop brings together senior academics and emerging scholars in a dynamic format that responds to debates about reconciliation and redress that emerged during Canada’s sesquicentennial year. Through interdisciplinary conversation, the workshop will connect these issues to international discussions about the unfinished histories of settler colonialism, transatlantic slavery, and forced migration.

Reparation has been adopted as a key conceptual model by many Indigenous groups and cultural commentators internationally, who are motivated, in part, by the sense that the promises of state-sponsored national reconciliation projects of the last three decades have gone unfulfilled. Visual culture—from artworks and exhibitions, to media images and films—has become a key site for critique and for generating encounters that explore the notion of “repair” beyond the bounds of the nation-state. Artists, curators, designers, and activists, as well as scholars across a number of intersecting disciplines mobilize the power of images to shift the responsibility of return and repair away from Indigenous and marginalized communities and onto the reader and viewer. Reparative visual culture, therefore, initiates a call to action that implicates all actors in a system of asymmetrical power relations.

Date: December 6-7 2019
Location: The Art Gallery of Ontario, OCAD University



Abstracts and Bios




AGO Cafe, 317 Dundas St (Second Floor of AGO) | The Carafted Bean, 298 Dundas StRed Eye Coffee, 29 McCaul St | Jimmy’s Coffee, 166 McCaul Street

In a Pinch:

Grange cafeteria (Friday only), 109 McCaul St | Sin and Redemption Pub 136 McCaul | Ginger Vietnamese Restaurant, 212 Queen StMi Taco Taqueria, 247 Queen St | Ka Chi Korean Restaurant, 414 Dundas

Longer Stay:

Little India 255, Queen West | Queen Mother Café, 208 Queen St | Omai Japanese Restaurant, 3 Baldwin St | Momofuku Noodle Bar, 190 University Ave | Pizza Libretto, 155 University Avenue | Pho Hung, 350 Spadina Avenue | Rosewood Dim Sum, 463 Dundas St



Art Gallery of Ontario - Hito Steyerl, This is the Future, 317 Dundas St | Trinity Square Video - Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyên, Untitled (Entitled), 401 Richmond St | A Space – Thunderstruck, Group Exhibition, 401 Richmond | Ryerson Image Centre - The Way She Looks, Group Exhibition, 33 Gould Street | Onsite Gallery - Among All these Tundras, Group Exhibition, 199 Richmond St West | G44 – Maryse Lariviere, Under the Cave of Winds, 401 Richmond St | Sugar Contemporary - Slavs and Tartars, Pickle Politics, 5 Lower Jarvis | Power Plant Contemporary – Hajra WAheed, Rashid Johnson, Naeem Mohaiemen, Multiple Exhibitions, 231 Queens Quay West | Ignite Gallery- Individuation, Group Exhibition, 165 Augusta Avenue

West End:

Daniel Faria - Andrew Dadson, Green Peace, 188 St Helens AveXpace - Senorita Colombia, Group Exhibition, 303 Lansdowne Ave InterAccess - Scaffolds I can no longer see, Group Exhibition, 905 Dupont | TPW – Photorama, Group Exhibition, 170 St Helens Ave

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Map to The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Toronto Media Arts Centre to Nunu Ethopian Fusion


Tal Sofia Braniss, Designer, image courtesy of Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyên, from the series “Black Atlas,” 2016
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 3:30pm
Lab Member: 
Gabrielle Moser

Issues of Indigenous Curation

Issues of Indigenous Creation    

           Issues of Indigenous Curation

  • To link to the global cultures, artist work and discourses of the other (in relation to the West)
  • To create a complete bibliography of exhibits and critical essays
  • To create a library of images of art, artists, curators, exhibits, activities etc.
  • To synthesize the key ideas from the research of art, artists, curators, exhibits and activities
  • To identify key curators and their curatorial strategies

In the summer of 2016, Rhéanne Chartrand was invited by Dr. Gerald McMaster to conduct research in relation to the development of the course, Issues in Indigenous Curation. As an emerging curator, Chartrand embraced the opportunity to reexamine the Indigenous art historical record to gain a fuller sense of the emergence and development of Indigenous curatorship, and the key themes, issues, and shifts that emerged out of, or in response to, its articulation.

Issues of Indigenous creation - crowd shot



    Issues of Indigenous Curation - INVC Research Centre
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:15pm

    Neebinnaukzhik Southall – Winter 2017 Nigig Visiting Artist In Residence

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    Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency, hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University, is a program that provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit OCAD University for a 3-4 week period to focus on a short-term project and explore in a collaborative environment, issues impacting their work. 

    During these weeks, Neebinnaukzhik Southall will work on the creation of free-to-use Anishinaabe stock art and icons, released under a creative commons license. Readily accessible, culturally relevant, and relatable imagery will function to better familiarize readers with their Anishinaabe culture and promote sovereignty.


    Venue & Address: 
    100 McCaul Street. Room 636

    Mark Dickinson

    Mark Dickinson was educated at the University of British Columbia (General Studies), York University (Master's of Environmental Studies) and Trent University (Ph.D., Canadian Studies). His publications include Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky (Cormorant, 2010); Listening for the Heartbeat of Being: Perspectives on the Arts of Robert Bringhurst (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015); and Canadian Primal: Poet-thinkers and the Rediscovery of Earth (forthcoming from McGill-Queen's University Press).

    Congratulations Audrey Hudson

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:30am

    Please join me in congratulating Audrey Hudson, our colleague in the Faculty of Design, on her recent successful defense of her doctoral thesis entitled, "Decolonizing Indigenous Youth Studies: Photography and Hip Hop as Sites of Resilience". Audrey completed her research at University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UT/OISE), in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.  Audrey holds a BFA from OCAD University, and an MEd from York University. She has been teaching at OCADU for the past four years, teaching in our Design colour courses, Think Tank and recently a course she developed and taught a course on the influence of hip hop on design. Audrey has also recently taught in ADEL, a cross appointed education-based course with OCADU and the AGO.

    Congratulations Audrey!

    Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean, Faculty of Design