Artistic Ethics in an Age of Social Consciousness

In “Artistic Ethics in an Age of Social Consciousness,” we will explore how the artistic field has been changed (or ought to be changed) in the face of social movements and debate to what degree one can, or should, separate art from the artist. In the realm of arts and culture, #MeToo, and Indigenous decolonization are two social movements that are actively impacting the creation, curation, and consumption of art. Is it ethical to celebrate the work of an artist that has been found guilty of sexual assault? Does an artist’s talent and cultural contributions to society ever excuse morally repugnant behavior? How do we decolonize artistic spaces? How does gender inequity, sexual harassment, and colonialism continue to affect the careers of artists and curators today? 

When: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7-8:30 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

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Gabrielle Moser | OCADU (Moderator) Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator that teaches in the art history faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). Her writing has appeared in venues including Artforum, Canadian Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Journal of Visual Culture, and Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made (Routledge 2017). She is the author of the forthcoming book, Projecting Citizenship: photography and belonging in the British Empire (Penn State UP, 2018). She has organized exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and Vtape. Moser has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Ryerson Image Centre, the University of British Columbia and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2017. She holds a PhD in art history and visual culture from York University, is a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, and is a founding member of EMILIA-AMALIA feminist working group.

Quill Christie Peters | Visual Artist Quill Christie-Peters is an Anishinaabe arts programmer and self-taught visual artist currently residing in Northwestern Ontario. She currently works as the Director of Education and Training for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective where she is coordinating the Emerging Curatorial Training Program. She is the creator of the Indigenous Youth Residency Program, an artist residency for Indigenous youth that engages land-based creative practices through Anishinaabe artistic methodologies. She holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance on Anishinaabe art-making as a process of falling in love and sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts. Her written work can be found in GUTS Magazine and Tea N’ Bannock and her visual work can be found at @raunchykwe.

Michèle Pearson Clarke | Filmmaker Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Based in Toronto, Clarke holds an MSW from the University of Toronto an MFA from Ryerson University in 2015, where she was awarded both the Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal and the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design. From 2016-2017, Clarke was artist-in-residence at Gallery 44, and she was the EDA Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough for the 2018 winter semester. Clarke’s writing has been published in Canadian Art, Transition Magazine and Momus, and in 2018, she was a speaker at the eighth TEDxPortofSpain. Clarke is currently a contract lecturer in the Documentary Media Studies program at Ryerson University, and she is a finalist for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Artist Prize.

Georgiana Uhlyarik | AGO Bio forthcoming.

Indu Vashist | SAVAC Indu Vashist has been the Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) since 2013. She has been active in many social and economic justice movements since the mid-1990s and has published extensively on issues of art and social justice. Prior to working at SAVAC, she had been equally splitting her time between India and Canada. In Canada, she programmed and hosted a weekly South Asian arts and culture radio show. In India, she worked with artist, queer, and feminist circles in Bombay and Madras, including the Bombay-based Queer Nazariya International Film Festival and the Madras-based Marappacchi Theatre Group. Her aim is to integrate her learning from across disciplines to achieve a holistic way of understanding and practicing those things.

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