A research-creation project that aims to unsettle the ontological dominance of resource extraction, carried out through extractivism; and make visible the violent connection of extractivism with the (re)patriarcalization of the territory, particularly the control over women’s bodies.
The art world is grounded in the gendered and undervalued work of social reproduction. Thus, the high female presence in the newcomer arts scene is not circumstantial but a common trait of an increasingly gendered art world.
Drawing from dialectical historical materialist anti-racist Marxist-feminism and existing literature, this research explored the conditions in which newcomer female artists engage with the Toronto art world, and how their experiences are imbricated by the power relations that constitute a gendered society. Through interviews with eight artists, the research presents a description of these women’s experiences and their intersection with gender, racial hierarchies and capitalist social relations embedded in the art world in which they wish to be included.
You can read the thesis HERE. As part of this research I created “The Artist Survival Kit” and this zine.
The Pedagogies of Community Engagement partnership gathers community-engaged (CE) facilitators and academic researchers committed to confronting racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination in their community-based facilitation and research practices.
The project explores facilitation as a cornerstone of community engagement and its crucial role for bringing together communities impacted by social and environmental injustice.
Part of the research team led by Dr. Sarah Switzer explored how community-engaged practitioners adapted their participatory work to online and remote settings, as a result of COVID-19, and the unique ethical and pedagogical challenges that arose.
Besides data collection, I developed illustrated resources that guided the team through the data analysis process. Thinking with the concept of orientation (Ahmed, 2006), we situated drawing as a mode of process-oriented data analysis, opening up possibilities for data interpretation and mobilization.
Explore more of the project HERE.
The Pedagogical Impulse is a research-creation project led by Dr. Stephanie Springgay. The project resides at the intersections between social practice, knowledge production, pedagogy, and “school.” As a site for artistic-research in art and education it has initiated a number of experimental, critical, and collaborative projects, such as the “Counter with Care” project and “The Instant Class Kit” and its self-guided workshops.