Graduate Student Panel on Transatlantic Slavery⠀

Featuring: Audrey Arthurs , Christopher J. Gismondi and Rach Klein⠀

February 25, 2021, 5:30 p.m. AST (streaming live on Facebook)
Dr. Charmaine Nelson will moderate this dynamic graduate student panel to examine transatlantic slavery through aspects of art history related to the visual culture of slavery. Sponsored by NSCAD’s Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery. 

 About the presenters: 

Audrey Arthurs is Jamaican by birth but have lived in Canada since childhood. She is currently completing her MA in Art History at Concordia University (Montreal) and her thesis takes an interdisciplinary perspective exploring the performance of gender and sexuality in Wilfred Limonious’ dancehall vinyl album covers. Her academic interests include Caribbean Art History, Black activism art, Black Diaspora Studies, Transatlantic Slave Studies and Vinyl Album Art. 

Chris J. Gismondi is a queer, white-Settler of Scottish and Italian descent from Nanzuhzaugewazog, Dish with One Spoon, Head of the Lake Treaty no. 14 (1806), Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory. His SSHRC sponsored Doctoral research explores temperate slavery in settler-colonial Upper Canada and enslaved women’s resistances under gradual abolition through print culture and portrait representations. 

Rach Klein is an art historian and artist based in Montreal. Their research focuses on performance remnants and the ways in which imaginative play can both enact and memorialize systems of power. Her academic work has been published by the New York Academy of Medicine, Babel Journal, and they have forthcoming publication in the anthology Creolization and Trans Atlantic Blackness: The Visual and Material Cultures of Slavery. Currently, she is working with a collection of 19th-century marionettes, and examining the strange and wonderful world of puppetry.  



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