Violentia: 42nd Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium

Friday March 8, 2019
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Violentia: Representing Bodies and Violence
42nd Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium
Friday, March 8, 2019
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Audain Art Centre, Room 1002
6398 University Blvd

Keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Kennedy, Queen’s University

Violentia is a collaborative, interdisciplinary event, organized by current AHVA graduate students meant to showcase the talents of emerging academics, artists, curators, and professionals in the arts.

From Latin violentia, “vehemence, impetuosity” the signification of the word “violence” seems to have reached the contemporary moment unaltered. At the core of human experience, there are no exact synonyms, no substituting phrases to express its meaning—no other words. Violentia: Representing Bodies and Violence invites investigations into the ways violence, whether physical or otherwise, is manifested, read, and inflicted in/on the “body” at both an abstract and corporeal level. Considering the importance of the body—as an object, a community of people, a measure of land, an immaterial model, a metaphorical representation, etc—our symposium encourages a re-evaluation of how the relationship between violence and the body has come to shape art and art history.

This symposium and its concurrent exhibition follow the University’s mandates to create a rich academic environment and to foster intellectual exchange among graduate students by providing a unique opportunity to engage in questions concerning culture mediation within visual art and the histories of art and architecture.


9:30 Refreshments


Welcome and Opening Remarks
AHVA Graduate Symposium Organizing Committee


Fragmented Body and Its Connotations in
Iranian Post-revolutionary Sculpture
Mina Talee, PhD Art Research,
Tehran University of Art and Alzahra University

‘Seeing Pink’: Infrared Images and War Photography
Kimberly Glassman, MA student in History of Art
and Visual Culture, University of Oxford

11:10 Break


Casting Fishing Nets:
Carolina Caycedo and Geochoreography
Fiona Dang, MA student in Art History, Tufts University

Dig, Cut, Measure: Unspectacular Violence in
Otobong Nkanga’s In Pursuit of Bling
Alexandra Moore, PhD candidate in Visual Studies,
University of California Santa Cruz

Navigating Violence:
Thomas Rowlandson’s Comparative Anatomy
Desiree Scholtz, MA candidate in Art History and
Visual Culture, University of Guelph

1:00 Lunch mixer


Shrouded: Political Violence and Adding Absence
Hilde Nelson, MA History of Art, Williams College;
Curatorial Assistant Dallas Museum of Art

Fen-Ma Liuming’s Lunch: Gender Performativity
and the Rise of Individualism in Contemporary China
Celine Yin Zhi Wang, MA candidate in Art History, Theory,
and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

How Cinema Speaks: Silence and the Sign in The Tribe
Amy Kazymerchyk, MA student in Critical and
Curatorial Studies, University of British Columbia

4:00 Break

Keynote: Across the Nebraska Border and the Physical/
Virtual Divide: Revisiting Shu Lea Cheang’s Brandon
Dr. Jennifer Kennedy, Assistant Professor,
Queen’s University

Review and final thoughts
Merray Gerges, Assistant Editor, Canadian Art
Dr. Jennifer Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Queen’s
Dr. Erin Silver, Assistant Professor, UBC

Closing remarks from Dr. Erin Silver

Concurrent with the symposium is an exhibition at the AHVA Gallery, in the Audain Art Centre, which runs from March 7 to 29.