Curating (Locally) in an Age of Uncertainty and Dissent

Thursday October 8, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

You are warmly invited to join the virtual panel discussion, Curating (Locally) in an Age of Uncertainty and Dissent, to be held on Thursday, October 8 (on Zoom) at 5pm PST.

Link to the virtual panel discussion:

In a moment of pervasive uncertainty, curatorial work is undergoing profound transformations, faced with new tasks in shifting social and political conditions. What can curatorial work do when institutional parameters and protocols have been altered by “social distancing,” travel restrictions, and political dissent? How might the situation present an opportunity to rethink and decolonize the field of contemporary art curation?

Hosted by the Critical and Curatorial Studies program at UBC, this panel will feature four curators —Bopha Chhay (Artspeak gallery), Vanessa Kwan (grunt gallery), Pablo do Ocampo (Western Front), and cheyanne turions (SFU Galleries).

Bopha Chhay

Bopha Chhay is a writer and curator living and working on the unceded Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. She currently holds the position of Director/Curator at Artspeak gallery, an artist run centre located in the neighbourhoods of Gastown and the Downtown Eastside.

Vanessa Kwan

Vanessa Kwan is an artist and curator with a focus on collaborative, site-specific and community-engaged practices. She is Program Director at grunt gallery in unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver, Canada) and is also curator/ producer at Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, an organization that curates and produces artworks for the public realm.

Pablo de Ocampo

Pablo de Ocampo is the Exhibitions Curator at Western Front. From 2006 to 2014, de Ocampo was Artistic Director of the Images Festival in Toronto, and in 2013, served as the programmer of the 59th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, History is What’s Happening. He was a founding member of the collective screening series Cinema Project in Portland, OR.

Cheyanne Turions

Cheyanne Turions is a curator and writer. Her work positions exhibitions and criticism as social gestures, linking aesthetics and politics through discourse. From the farmlands of Treaty 8, she is of settler and Indigenous ancestry. Currently, turions is the Curator at SFU Galleries and a member of the Board of Directors at 221A.