Curation as Decolonial Practice - Toronto Film & Media Seminar

When and Where

Friday, January 29, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Event


Thirza Jean Cuthand
Howard Adler
Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun


Drawing from artist and scholar David Garneau’s notion of a decolonial practice as one that offers direct
challenges to “colonial habits” and worldviews, this panel with Niki Little, Howard Adler, and Thirza
Cuthand explores the question of how curation can function as a decolonial practice.

Thirza Jean Cuthand (b. 1978 Regina SK) makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality,
madness, Queer identity, love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries
internationally. She is Plains Cree/Scots, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and resides in Toronto,

Howard Adler is the Co-Director and Programmer of the Asinabka Festival which is an annual
Indigenous film and media arts festival in the Nations Capital that allows independent artists - national,
international, Indigenous, non-Indigenous - to share, present, and disseminate their work.

Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun is a mother, artist/observer, arts administrator, and the Artistic Director of
the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is Anishininew/English from Kistiganwacheeng
(Garden Hill, FN), based between Win-nipi (Winnipeg, MB) and Tkaronto (Toronto, ON).

• January 29, 2021 • Socializing at 4:00pm • Talks begin 4:30 •
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Steering Committee for 2020-2021 Co-chairs: Selmin Kara (OCAD) and Kate J. Russell (UofT) • Faculty members: Michael Baker (Sheridan); Kass Banning (UofT); Liz Clarke (Brock); Nathalie Coulter (York); Malini Guha (Carleton); Mark Lipton (Guelph); Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s); Janine Marchessault (York); Katherine Spring (WLU); Elizabeth Wijaya (UofT) • Grad student members: Lani Akande (York); Roxanne Hearn (WLU); Cyrus Sundar Singh (Ryerson); Aaron Tucker (York); Émilie von Garan (UofT) • Postdoctoral members: Jessica Whitehead (UofT) • TIFF: Keith Bennie.

The goals of the Seminar are:

• Encouraging intellectual and collegial discussion among the Cinema and Media Studies scholars in the region.

• Encouraging in-depth scholarly discussion and critical debate.

• Showcasing diverse research methodologies and research fields that address a wide range of cinematic technologies (film, television, video, new media, and other forms of moving image and sound screens).

• Aiming to model collegial and professional academic discourse for graduate students entering the field.