Art & Autonomy Speaker Series

Art & Autonomy Speaker Series

We are excited to announce that the first of our Art & Autonomy Speaker Series talks will feature Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell) in conversation with Carla K. Stewart, on Saturday, October 22. Addressing the relation between self-organization and cultural production, these talks will explore themes ranging from citizenship and decolonization to alliances and artist-run culture, featuring local and visiting artists, curators and arts workers. 

All talks are pay-what-you-can and all are welcome.

Saturday, October 22 at 4:00pm: Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell), moderated by Carla K. Stewart

For their presentation, interdisciplinary artists Bambitchell will discuss their body of work, which addresses themes of immigration, mobility across borders and militarism through humorous and playful installations. Using queer and feminist approaches to explorations of the archive, the duo interrogate dominant histories by focusing on the mundane and often overlooked historical narratives.

Bambitchell is an artistic collaboration between Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell. Their research-based practice employs a wide range of media, and playful re-imaginings of historical records and documents to examine the complexities and mundanities embedded in histories of colonialism and militarism. They have exhibited at festivals and galleries such as the Images Festival, (Toronto, 2014), Art Gallery of Windsor (2015) and Articule Gallery, (Montreal 2015); have given numerous public lectures, such as at the Zurich University of the Arts (2016), and the College of Art Association (New York, 2015), and are part of an array of publications including the book Mobile Desires: The Erotics and Politics of Mobility Justice. 

Carla K. Stewart is an MA Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University, where her research involves artistic interventions that facilitate anti-capitalist direct actions.


Saturday, November 19 at 12:00pm: Dylan Robinson and Ellyn Walker, moderated by Michael DiRisio

Modern Fuel is pleased to present the second talk in our Art & Autonomy Speaker Series, featuring Dylan Robinson (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts) and Ellyn Walker (curator, writer and PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's University).

Dylan Robinson is a scholar and artist of Stó:l? First Nations descent who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen's University, located on the lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people. His research focuses on Indigenous arts and how Indigenous rights and Settler colonialism are embodied and spatialized in public space. His current project documents the history of contemporary Indigenous public art (including sound art and social arts practice) across North America. The project also involves developing new works that envision Indigenous sovereignty in public space, and acknowledge Indigenous histories of place. He is co-editor of the book Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016).

Ellyn Walker curates and writes about art and politics. Her projects have been presented by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Prefix Institute for Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published by the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Prefix Photo, PUBLIC Journal, Fuse Magazine, BlackFlash, and most recently in the Inuit Art Quarterly. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen's University.

Visit the facebook event and let us know if you are coming out! 


Thursday, December 8 at 6:00pm: Nahed Mansour and Anne Bertrand, moderated by Teresa Carlesimo

The third and final talk in our Art & Autonomy Speaker Series will discuss artist-run centres as an example of self-determination in the arts, featuring Nahed Mansour, Program Coordinator, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and Anne Bertrand, Director, ARCA (Arist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference), moderated by Teresa Carlesimo (PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's University). 

Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and curator. Working in video, installation, and performance, her works typically draw on visual archives to highlight the relationship between entertainment, labour, and processes of racialization and gendering. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada and is the Program Coordinator at SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). 

For over twenty years, Anne Bertrand has been active in the not-for-profit art world. As the artistic coordinator of Skol, a Montréal based artist-run centre, she contributed to the development of Skol’s education sector and ensured the processing and conservation of its historical archive. Before arriving at Skol, she did two work terms at Artexte Information Centre, and is a founding member of Viva! Action Art, a performance art biennial organised by a collective of artist-run centres located in the Montréal region since 2006. She is currently the director of ARCA (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference).

Teresa Carlesimo is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She has exhibited throughout Canada and the US, and has forthcoming exhibitions at 8eleven in Toronto and the Thames Art Gallery. In fall 2016 she was an artist in residence at the National University of Ireland where her work addressed the visual culture of urbanization. Recent and forthcoming publications include Performance Research, Public Journal, and Art Papers.

Visit the facebook event and let us know if you are coming out! 

All talks are pay-what-you-can and all are welcome.

Modern Fuel would like to thank the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area for their support with this programming. 


Stéfy McKnight, you have a place here, 2016

Image: Stéfy McKnight, you have a place here, 2016, exhibited in Modern Fuel's 18th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition