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The State of Blackness: Revisited - A conversation on shifts in the sphere of black Canadian cultural production and dissemination

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You’re invited to participate in a conversation on shifts in the sphere of black Canadian cultural production and dissemination with artist, Camille Turner and scholar, Dr. Rinaldo Walcott. This virtual event marks the inauguration of Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, established by Dr. Andrea Fatona at OCAD University, and scheduled for Thursday March 18th at 6 pm.

The aim of the Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora is to make visible and provide access to the works of contemporary Black artists, craftspeople, curators, and critics in Canada who have been historically erased from the imaginary of Canadian visual culture. Dr. Fatona’s research intends to expand our understanding of Canadian Black contemporary cultural production from 1987 to the present.

Dr. Andrea Fatona is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production.

Dr. Fatona has invited Camille Turner and Dr. Walcott to muse on how far we have come since The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation conference that took place at OCAD University in 2014. This two-day, interdisciplinary conference event brought together forty-two (42) artists, curators, academics, students, and multiple public participants to engage in dialogue and, in effect, problematize the histories, current situation, and future state of black diasporic artistic practice and representation in Canada.

Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home and belonging. Straddling media, social practice and performance art, her work has been presented throughout Canada and internationally.  Dr Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.

For more information and to register for this event go to  Advanced registration is required as space is limited. If the event reaches capacity it will be streamed live on The State of Blackness YouTube channel: