As part of a series of events, presentations and exhibitions that address The Human Body: Then, Now and in the Future, S.P.A.C.E. (Sciences Participating with Arts and Culture in Education) invites you to attend the following two presentations:
Dr. Tamar Tembeck: Illness and (Self-) Representation in Contemporary Art
Dr. Charmaine Nelson: Representing the Black Female Body in Western Art
Tamar Tembeck's presentation is entitled "Auto/Pathographies: Illness and (Self-)Representation in Contemporary Art." This talk examines works presented in the recent Auto/Pathographies exhibition presented at the OBORO gallery in Montreal, as well as the curatorial rationale guiding its conception. Artists whose works will be presented include Angela Ellsworth, Tina Takemoto, Christina Lammer, and Jo Spence.
Dr. Charmaine Nelson's presentation is entitled Representing the Black Female Body in Western Art, and it will trace the history of the visual representation of black female subjects in western art, with special attention to the academic obstacles and challenges for the recuperation of the Black Diasporic experience in Canada. Canada’s colonial history is often denied and has not been accorded a place in the national imaginary. In opposition to the celebration of Canadians as liberators of African-American slaves through the Underground Railroad stands the prolific denial of Canadian slavery. This neglect has impacted all branches of academic scholarship.
Dr. Charmaine Nelson is an Associate Professor of Art History at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research is in the areas of Race and Representation and the Visual Culture of Slavery. Her teaching includes courses on Canadian Art, Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, Popular Culture, Postcolonial Theory and Black Diasporic Art. She curated the national exhibition Through An-Other's Eyes: White Canadian Artists – Black Female Subjects (1999) which is also an exhibition catalogue of the same name.
Her most recent book is Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).
Dr. Tamar Tembeck is a performing artist, art historian, lecturer and curator. Her doctoral research examined works addressing physical illness and self-representation in contemporary visual and performing arts. She is currently Academic Associate at Media@McGill, a hub of interdisciplinary research and public outreach on issues of media, technology and culture within the Dept. of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University.