TALK: Beyond Unsettling Speaker Series w/ Rachelle Dickenson, Hadley Howes, Abdi Osman and Ellyn Walker
Online - Zoom
Beyond Unsettling Speaker Series
Discussions in conjunction with PUBLIC 64: Beyond Unsettling: Methodologies for decolonizing futures.
Thursday 21 April 2022 @5:30p.m ADT
Featuring: Rachelle Dickenson, Hadley Howes, Abdi Osman and Ellyn Walker
Moderated by Carla Taunton and Leah Decter
Co-presented by the Centre for inter-Media Arts and Decolonial Expression (CiMADE), OCADU and NSCAD Media Arts Division. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, NSCAD Office of Academic Affairs and Research, CiMADE and Anna Leonowens Gallery
Rachelle Dickenson is British, Irish, and, through her paternal grandfather, Red River Métis. Having learned about her Métis ancestry as an adult, she is guided by decolonial and Indigenous methodologies and the arts and academic communities of which she participates within. Dickenson holds a PhD from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University. She is the senior curator at the Ottawa Art Gallery and co-curated Àbadakone/Continuous Fire/Feu Continuel at the National Gallery Of Canada. Her research, teaching and curatorial practice focuses on relationships and distinctions between white settler and Indigenous art histories, pedagogies, and curatorial practices in Canadian exhibition and educational institutions in support of generative BIPOC and white settler arts collaborations.
Hadley Howes works to disrupt, dismantle, and transform the sense-making project of Western humanist aesthetics from the position of a white, queer, trans, artist and scholar. Their interest in archives, (counter-)monument and art in urban spaces is informed by their professional experience creating public art and their extensive international exhibition history as a visual artist working in research-rich, site-responsive and multimedia installation. Hadley is a student researcher in the Vulnerable Media Lab for the Archive/Counter-Archive research-creation project led by Janine Marchessault, and a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, Katarokwi, on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek territory.
Abdi Osman is a Somali-Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. He has shown across Canada and internationally, including the 2022 Berlin Berlinale, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Gardiner Museum, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Thames Art Gallery, The National Museum of Kenya (Kenya), Goethe Institute, Johannesburg (South Africa) and Iwalewahaus The Centre for African Contemporary Art and Culture (Germany). Osman is currently a Community Leadership resident at the Queer and Trans Research Lab (QTRL) housed at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies in 2021.
Ellyn Walker is a curator and scholar based in what is presently known as Toronto. Ellyn holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University and has studied at OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University. In 2021, she was an advisory member for the international summit A Map to the Door of No Return at 20: A Gathering organized by Drs. Christina Sharpe and Andrea Davis (York University), and curator of the accompanying digital project Thresholds. Ellyn is currently developing a co-edited anthology and series of public programs on critical curatorial practices in Canada with Michelle Jacques.