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Art History & Visual Studies

Artist’s talk: Robert Burke

Artist’s talk: Robert Burke

As a residential school survivor of 10 years, Robert knows the power of art. Robert’s art speaks to his life stories that emerge from the various social and political injustices he has experienced throughout his life on systematic, community, and individual levels that have informed Robert’s intricate symbolism. Creating his own elements and symbols, Robert steps out of a defined cultural iconography to construct his own unique style.

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Artist’s talk: Skawennati

Artist’s talk: Skawennati

Skawennati investigates history, the future, and change from her perspective as an urban Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) woman and as a cyberpunk avatar. Her early adoption of cyberspace as both a location and a medium for her practice has produced groundbreaking projects such as CyberPowWow and TimeTraveller™. She creates machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—as well as still images, textiles and sculpture.

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Artist’s talk: Kemi Craig

Artist’s talk: Kemi Craig

Kemi Craig is the 3rd Artist in Residence for the City of Victoria. Through her lived experience as a woman of African descent, her artistic practice moves through analogue and digital visual technologies to center futures for people with raced and gendered bodies. She creates multi-sensory, site-specific installations and performances, embedding community and audience engagement.

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Anne Dymond

Anne Dymond

Dr. Anne Dymond, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art, University of Lethbridge, speaks on “Getting the Keys to the Vault: How feminist, decolonizing and anti-racist work is changing collections.” This Distinguished Women Scholar lecture was presented as part of the “Latent: Critical Conversations about Collections”

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Alice Ming Wai Jim

Alice Ming Wai Jim

An art historian and curator based in Montreal, Dr Jim is currently Concordia University Research Chair in Critical Curatorial Studies and Decolonizing Art Institutions and founding editor-in-chief of the journal “Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas”. Jim has galvanized a new generation of students and scholars in the study of ethnocultural art histories that extends to curatorial studies and critical race museology.

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Artist’s talk: Joel Ong

Artist’s talk: Joel Ong

Joel Ong is a media artist whose works connect scientific and artistic approaches to the environment, particularly with respect to sound and physical space. He is an Associate Professor in Computational Arts and Helen Carswell Chair in Community Engaged Research in the Arts at York University in Toronto.

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Artist’s talk: Daniel Laskarin

Artist’s talk: Daniel Laskarin

With a background as a helicopter pilot/engineer, Daniel Laskarin’s experience in the moving dimensionality of flight and in translating the codes of navigational maps into physical space ultimately led to sculptural and multimedia objects and installations investigating the structure of perception mapped as knowledge and consciousness within everyday life.

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Pat Bovey

Pat Bovey

Bovey has lectured and published extensively on western Canadian art over many years, including Western Voices in Canadian Art (2023), Don Proch: Masking and Mapping (2019 Manitoba Book Awards’ finalist) and Pat Martin Bates: Balancing on a Thread (2015 Alberta Book Awards’ recipient).

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Artist’s talk: Farheen Haq

Artist’s talk: Farheen Haq

Farheen Haq’s multidisciplinary practice, which often employs video, installation and performance, is informed by interiority, relationality, family work, embodiment, ritual and spiritual practice. Haq’s current work focuses on understanding her family history on Turtle Island, caregiving and the body as a continuum of culture and time.

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Artist’s talk: Michael Doerksen

Artist’s talk: Michael Doerksen

Michael Doerksen is a Canadian visual artist who has exhibited sporadically since the late 1990s. His practice is based mostly in sculpture with occasional detours in drawing, photography, and video. His figurative group sculpture entitled ‘chatbots’ along with his latest wood carvings based on whimsies are the focus of this talk.

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Dr. Chen Shen

Dr. Chen Shen

Dr. Chen Shen Vice President of Art & Culture at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)Museum and Object Being the Agency in Transforming Peoples’ Lives. Dr. Chen Shen serves as the Vice President of Art & Culture at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), responsible for research...

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Michèle Moss

Michèle Moss

Michèle Moss Dancer, choreographer, researcher Description As well as being co-founder of Calgary’s concert jazz dance company and community school DJD (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks), Michèle Moss is an associate professor with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of...

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Strength in Spirit

Strength in Spirit

Strength in spirit Living with COVID-19 Artists work This last year has been a particularly challenging one for the art world. COVID-19 spread across the world like a wildfire, forcing us into a public lock-down. Confined physically, Indigenous artists have had to...

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Blue and White

Blue and White

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Dr. Heng Wu AGGV Curator of Asian Art Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art History and Visual Studies University of Victoria Marcus Milwright Department Chair, Professor Art History and Visual Studies

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Artist’s talk: Kelly Richardson

Artist’s talk: Kelly Richardson

This talk was offered in support of her exhibition, Halcyon Fog, curated by Charo Neville for Kamloops Art Gallery (2022). Using digital technologies, Kelly Richardson creates hyper-real, sublime, and spectacular landscapes that communicate underlying unsettling narratives. Her work asks us to consider what we truly value and where we might go from here.

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Pop goes the art!

Pop goes the art!

Legacy Art Galleries exhibit unites two alumni through art Absurdist leopard-print paintings may not pop immediately to mind when you think of Victoria’s artistic legacy. But that’s an oversight a new Legacy Maltwood exhibit will address with Eric Metcalfe: Pop...

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JB MacKinnon on “The Day The World Stops Shopping”

JB MacKinnon on “The Day The World Stops Shopping”

We can’t stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma that noted author J.B. MacKinnon is addressing in this special Department of Writing Orion Lecture. The author of five books of nonfiction, MacKinnon is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic and Atlantic, as well as the Best American Science and Nature Writing.

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Dr Fahmida Suleman

Dr Fahmida Suleman

Since the late 19th century, museums have devoted attention to Islamic art and craft, encompassing objects dating from the seventh century to the present. Ideas about how the diverse and fascinating visual and material cultures of the Islamic world should be displayed have changed significantly over time, reflecting the broader trends in museum practice.

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Life Stories

Life Stories

Life Stories Exhibition brings to light a provocative array of visual and material culture from the University of Victoria Art Collections that engages with life stages and related rituals. The exhibition runs December 2, 2020 - April 3, 2021 at the Legacy Art Gallery...

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Jennifer Baichwal

Jennifer Baichwal

Discover the life story of the planet  Join Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal in conversation with local writer, filmmaker and TV producer Barbara Todd Hager for this lively Orion Series discussion, which is part of the public programming for the exhibition Life...

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Nonfiction Podcast

Nonfiction Podcast

Nonfiction Podcast with David Leach & Deborah Campbell A conversation between UVic writing professors David Leach and Deborah Campbell (plus guest authors and experts) about the art, craft and ethics of researching, writing and revising creative nonfiction,...

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A glazed Stonepaste Bowl

A glazed Stonepaste Bowl

What is stonepaste, and why was this material so important in the development of glazed pottery across the Islamic world? This talk considers a Medieval glazed stonepaste bowl from the Tushingham collection and looks at the ways in which the form and decoration were...

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A Painting from Hama

A Painting from Hama

What unusual substance was used to make this painting? This talk considers a monochrome painting on paper made in 2005, and discusses the cultural significance of the substance used in the paint.Figure 1.Painting on paper by Sameer Tanbur. Hama, 2005. Private...

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A Brass Lunchbox

A Brass Lunchbox

How many different techniques were required to manufacture this brass lunchbox? This talk examines the form and function of the lunchbox, and links it to earlier examples produced during the Mamluk sultanate (1250-1517) in Egypt and Syria? Figure 1. Brass lunchbox,...

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