This Could be the Place: SYMPOSIUM will open up a dialog about the ways in which new economic, political and social circumstances shape our understanding of culture and contemporary art. The symposium is envisioned as a starting point for a longer and larger discourse, addressing audiences that have a vested interest in Canadian contemporary art and culture, audiences such as Indigenous curators, intellectuals and artists, and Canadian contemporary art practitioners.



8:30-9:00- Opening, Coffee and Snacks

Opening Remarks: Bojana Videkanic


Panel 1: 9:00-10:30 Who Cares and How?

Chair/Respondent: Francisco-Fernando Granados, Independent Artist, Toronto, ON

Jasmina Tumbas, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo, NY

Christine Shaw, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga, ON

Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON:

Jes Sache, Independent curator, Toronto, ON:

Katja Praznik, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo NY,

Coffee Break: 10:30-11


Panel 2: 11:00-12:45 Care as an Indigenous Challenge to Contemporary Art

Chair/Respondent: Elwood Jimmy, Program Coordinator Musagetes Foundation, Guelph, ON

Ryan Rice, Chair Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD University, Toronto ON,

Lisa Myers, Independent artist, Toronto, ON

Tannis Nielsen, independent scholar, artist and academic, Toronto, ON

1:00- 2:00 Symposium Luncheon in the UWaterloo Fine Arts Department Student Gallery


Panel 3: 2:10-3:50 CAFKA Panel (TBD in collaboration with CAFKA)


Panel 4: 4:00-5:30 Moderated Artist Panel

Moderator: Ivan Jurakic, Curator/Director UWAG, Waterloo ON

Johanna Householder, Professor OCAD U & Independent artist, Toronto, ON

Camille Turner, Independent artist, Toronto, ON

Golboo Amani, Independent artist, Toronto, ON


Closing and Reception at UWAG Gallery: 6:30- 8:30