Special-Project

While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold

June 11 — August 14, 2021

Organized by Charles Campbell, Michelle Jacques and Denise Ryner.
In consultation with Pamela Edmonds, Alyssa Fearon, Dominique Fontaine, Sally Frater, Bushra Junaid, Crystal Mowry and Allison Yearwood.

A co-presentation with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown.

This is the first event in a multi-year series of planned forums, talks and public presentations developed and organized by Black curators from across Canada in conversation with artists to consider both the limits and possibilities of the relationship between contemporary art spaces in Canada and Black art, artists, arts workers and audiences.

Artists in this first iteration present questions, imperatives, narratives and proposals to initiate exchange on the space for Black art in public culture with local respondents, collaborating curators and gallery visitors.

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Image: Spatial Esk, “Afro Space 03/03,” 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Dominique Fontaine: Curating While Black

Part of the While Black collective project series.

Or Gallery with the support of Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will present a talk by Montréal-based curator Dominique Fontaine at 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 17th at Or Gallery.

Seating capacity is very limited and free registration is required on EventBrite. The talk will also be live-streamed to those who register. For those attending the talk in-person, there will be an opportunity to view the related exhibition at Or Gallery beforehand from 12 to 1:15pm.

This public talk will include time for audience questions before concluding at 3pm.

Ms. Fontaine will discuss her curatorial practice in relation to contemporary art institutions and independent spaces, as well as her pivotal role in organizing and networking Black artists and curators both within and beyond Francophone communities.

Dominique Fontaine is a curator, contemporary art and art administration expert, and Founding Director of aposteriori, a non-profit curatorial platform – researching, documenting, developing, producing and facilitating innovation in diverse contemporary art practices. She graduated in visual arts and arts administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada), and completed De Appel Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Her recent projects include Curator of the 2020 Foire en art actuel de Québec ; Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art; Dineo Seshee Bopape: and- in. the light of this._______, Darling Foundry; Repérages ou À la découverte de notre monde ou Sans titre, articule; Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014. Dominique is co-instigator of the Black Curators Forum. She is also part of Intervals Collective. Dominique Fontaine is laureate of Black History Month of the City of Montréal 2021.

The While Black project is organized by a network of curators based across Canada. This talk is one of the first events in a series of planned forums and public presentations organized by curators, in conversation with artists, to consider both the limits and possibilities of the relationship between contemporary art spaces and Black art, arts workers and audiences. The current iteration at Or Gallery, While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold (on view through August 14th) features responses, questions, imperatives, proposals and insight of ten artists on the relationship between Black art and contemporary art institutions. For more information, please visit orgallery.org or @orgallery on Facebook and Instagram.

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