IDP Awareness Day was a public, collaborative exhibition aimed at engaging Canadians in dialogue about internal displacement. The cross-disciplinary, multi-media public intervention brought together community groups, NGOs, students, and artists who were already committed to internal displacement issues, I organized and curated IDP Awareness Day with Andrea McKinlay and GuluWalk.
The Lobby gallery’s mandate is to foster alternative and artistic forms of dissemination of research through critical artistic expression, enabling a space for creative dialogue about global issues. It also seeks to build communication among students, faculty, researchers and the Vancouver public through the exhibition of innovative, engaging and responsible art work. I founded the Lobby Gallery in 2010, and curated 24 exhibitions by students, faculty members, artists, and community groups until 2014. The gallery continues its interdisciplinary programming under new curatorial guidance.
The Presence exhibition featured visual contributions from 10 PhD students, postdocs, and faculty in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. Presence was about the politics of engagement and the complex intricacies of space and place. Presence pondered relationships between socialized, politicized, constructed, and naturalized environments, between researchers and their varied interlocutors, and between academia and art. Most importantly, Presence created a public, common space where we can collectively engage with these questions and the pressing issues connected to our research practices