My doctoral research uses a decolonial feminist methodology to critically examines contemporary initiatives reimagining and reshaping curatorial practices. Examples discussed include BUSH gallery, Project Row Houses, and exhibitions Tahltan Song Cycle, #callresponse, Ilippunga: The Brousseau Collection of Inuit Art, Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: How do you carry the land?, and others. My research demonstrates the significance of relationality and modelling in establishing precedence for equitable curatorial praxes and the impact this can have on the ethos and policies of art institutions.
This dissertation draws on research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship and the British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award, and the ongoing financial support of The University of British Columbia Okanagan Graduate Award and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.
“To get ready often means being prepared to be undone.” – Sara Ahmed, Living A Feminist Life, 2017.
BUSH Gallery Writers Union Retreat, August 2017. Collaborative installation of Ashok Mathur's A Little Distillery in Nowgong (2009). Photo: Toby Lawrence.