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Curation as Decolonial Practice

Portrait of a person wearing a gas mask with ambient pink lighting

Still from Thirza Cuthand’s Less Lethal Fetish (2019)

• January 29, 2021 • Socializing at 4:00pm • Talks begin 4:30 •

Drawing from artist and scholar David Garneau’s notion of a decolonial practice as one that offers direct challenges to “colonial habits” and worldviews, this panel with Niki Little, Howard Adler, and Thirza Cuthand explores the question of how curation can function as a decolonial practice.

Thirza Jean Cuthand (b. 1978 Regina SK) makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity, love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She is Plains Cree/Scots, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and resides in Toronto, Canada.

Howard Adler is the Co-Director and Programmer of the Asinabka Festival which is an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in the Nations Capital that allows independent artists - national, international, Indigenous, non-Indigenous - to share, present, and disseminate their work.

Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun is a mother, artist/observer, arts administrator, and the Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is Anishininew/English from Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill, FN), based between Win-nipi (Winnipeg, MB) and Tkaronto (Toronto, ON).

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Presented by the Toronto Film and Media Seminar.