Radical (Re)worlding: 44th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium Exhibition

Wednesday March 17, 2021 - Thursday April 1, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

44th Annual University of British Columbia, Art History, Visual Art and Theory Graduate Symposium Exhibition Opening

Radical (Re)worlding: Breaking and Making Worlds through Radical Lenses
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
3 – 5 PM


AHVA Gallery
Audain Art Centre
6398 University Blvd

Exhibition runs
March 17–April 1, 2021
12–4 PM

Exhibition Gallery Guide

All UBC COVID-19 protocols and procedures apply to gallery visitors; see https://covid19.ubc.ca/ for more information. All AHVA Gallery visitors must perform a QR code sign-in posted at the entrance to the Audain Art Centre and follow all building signage, guidelines and instructions from UBC staff to ensure everyone has a safe visit.



Myra Lilith Day
Britta Fluevog
Tabitha Nikolai
Rosa Nussbaum
Esteban Pérez
Grayson Richards
Eileen Isagon Skyers


… imagination is a contested field of action, not an ephemeral afterthought that we have the Luxury to dismiss or romanti­cize, but a resource, a battleground, an input and output of technology and social order. In fact, we should acknowledge that most people are forced to Live inside someone else’s imagination and one of the things we have to come to grips with is how the nightmares that many people are forced to endure are the underside of elite fantasies about efficiency, profit and social control. – Ruha Benjamin


Organized in concert with the 44th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium of the same name, Radical (Re)worlding is a juried exhibition that looks squarely at the present with the goal of opening to radically different, speculative futures.

Forty-plus years ago, Gayatri Spivak defined “worlding” as the transformation of the colonized space by colonizers (e.g. through map making). Can we retake or remake that term? Rath­er than hit <undo>, can we, in fact, do better?

Another world is possible.


We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam).

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies.