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