BLACK PORTRAITURE[S]: Absent/ed Presence, 2021, online conference

Image: Installation view, ​Sandra Brewster: Blur,​ July 24, 2019 – March 29, 2020 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Work shown: ​Untitled (Blur)​, 2017 – 2019 © Sandra Brewster Photo: AGO

BLACK PORTRAITURE[S]: Absent/ed Presence, 2021, online conference

“To live in the Black Diaspora is I think to live as a fiction — a creation of empires, and also self-creation. It is to be a being living inside and outside of herself. It is to apprehend the sign one makes yet to be unable to escape it except in radiant moments of ordinariness made like art.”

 — Brand, A Map to the Door of No Return (18-19)

Event Dates: October 14 – 16, 2021

Host: Agnes Etherington Art Centre – Queen’s University

Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects

Please note, due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual conference.

BLACK PORTRAITURE[S]: Absent/ed Presence, 2021, will be the first of the Black Portraiture[s] series to take place in Canada. This year, we will explore Blackness as absent/ed presence in art, art history, performance, archives, museums, cultural production, and technology. 

This year’s conference will be a little different than previous incarnations of the Black Portraiture[s] series. Due to travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference will take place virtually in partnership with and hosted by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University. 

Welcome from wherever you are! 

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