Anne-Philippe Beaulieu is a Ph.D. student in art history at the University of Montreal. Specialist in the history of print in French Canada in the 19th century, she is beginning a thesis on Montreal press cartoonists, under the co-direction of Ersy Contogouris (University of Montreal) and Dominic Hardy (University of Quebec in Montreal). Her interests focus on the question of collective imaginations, myths and national identity.
Indira Béraud is an independent curator. Born in 1992, she lives and works in Paris. After a master’s degree in Art History (Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne) and a specialized master’s degree entitled Culture, Criticism and Curation (Central Saint Martins, London), she is now a Ph.D. candidate in Arts Studies and Practices (UQAM, Montreal). Her research focuses on survival in relation to ecology and seeks to define a curatorial approach that is part of a logic of degrowth. In 2017, she founded the digital journal Figure Figure (www.figurefigure.fr) specialized in young creation and based between France and England. Since 2019, she has curated the exhibitions: Il est urgent que le pro_grès pro_gramme (The Window, Paris), I have done things here I couldn’t do elsewhere (6B, Saint-Denis), Crois de bois, crois de fer (French Institute of Budapest) and Liaisons Dyslexiques (Espace Le Carré, Lille).
Aziz Boughedir holds a degree in Visual Art obtained at Tunis Institute of Fine Arts. He subsequently supports a Master of research in the same Institute where he is interested in contemporary Tunisian art galleries. Since January 2020, he has been a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Montreal. His research interests focus on the valorization of contemporary Arab art and art market systems. His thesis project focuses on the emergence and evolution of the contemporary Arab art market, taking as a case study the Tunisian art market from the protectorate period to the present day.
Christine Brault lives and works in Tio’tià :ke/Montreal. As a transdisciplinary artist, she creates performative actions and interventions in situ, from a poetic and artivist angle. Her research concerns the issues of migration, border identity, human rights, violence against women and land. Through her explorations and experiments, she seeks to create a performative dialogue evoking a certain form of ritual linked to the land, to human beings, their languages and their transformations. As a master’s degree graduate in visual arts (UQAM) and a Ph.D. student in art studies and practices, she questions the reception of performances of artivist nature that take place in the public space, outside of institutional frameworks. Assuring a regular presence in various performance encounters in Mexico and several other Latin American countries, she has also presented her work in Quebec, Canada, Europe, China and the United States.
Anna Brunette is a master’s degree student in art history at the University of Quebec in Montreal under the direction of Marie Fraser. Her research focuses on the aesthetics of the climate emergency and environmental mobilization strategies in contemporary art, particularly through ecologically-themed exhibitions in art museums and the cultural mediation programs surrounding these exhibitions. During her journey in museology, cultural mediation and visual arts, she has studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, completed an internship at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, worked at the Galerie de l’UQAM and received a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2019, she co-organized the annual conference of the ACSHA (Association des cycles supérieures en histoire de l’art), entitled Perspectives environnementales en art. Her papers have appeared in the journals Espace art actuel and Esse arts + opinions.
Camille Courier, in dialogue with her creations presented in the field of visual arts, has realized projects for the workshops of l’Opéra de Paris and numerous collaborations with visual artists, and theater and dance companies. Since 2003, she has exhibited her creations in Europe and Canada. Her large-format drawing environments have received several awards and grants. Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts of l’UQAM since 2016, she teaches visual arts and theater. She is completing her Ph.D. research-creation on the relationships between drawing gestures, current exile journeys and micropolitical emergences. She has presented her research on the gesture of drawing (practiced between the visual and performing arts scenes) in the context of international colloquia, and has published several articles on this subject. Camille Courier is a member of the research group PRint1 and Hexagram, Network for Research-Creation in Arts, Culture and Technologies.
Having worked at the McCord-Stewart Museum from 2013 to 2019 as a project manager in educational and citizen action, Laura Delfino began a Ph.D. in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Montreal in the fall of 2019 and joined the Canada Research Chair in Citizen Museology. Her thesis project is entitled “Le musée, un acteur de la construction du sentiment d’appartenance sociale”. Borrowing from action-research practices, the objective of this research is to contribute to the advancement of museum decolonization processes through concrete actions and to make the museum a leverage for social transformation.
Anna-Lou Galassini is a Ph.D. candidate in Museology at UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal). Her fields of expertise are museum history, new museology and social justice. She is interested in the notion of social justice in the museum field, more particularly that of museum employees. The question of well-being in the workplace will be at the center of her research.
Veronica Gill has more than 25 years of professional experience in project management in the fields of communications and education, including 20 years in the Quebec college network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication (film profile) from the University of Quebec in Montreal, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Montréal, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. As part of this second graduate degree, her research work focuses on the impacts of a participatory and artistic project on the consumption habits and waste production of seven households in the Villeray neighbourhood in Montreal.
Felicia F. Leu currently works on her Ph.D.-Thesis about the reception of socially engaged performance art in the 21st century at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). She studied Psychology (B.Sc.) and Art History (B.A. and M.A.) in Munich, Vienna and Paris. Linking psychology and art history, her primary research focus lies in the potential transformative effects of art on its audience; she published various contributions on the subject. Felicia is interested in the combination of research and exhibition practice; she assisted curatorial teams at the MoMA in New York (2019), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2018) and the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2016).
Brigitte Nga Ondigui is an inter-university doctoral candidate in art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She holds a Master’s degree in art history and has worked as a teacher-researcher at the Université de Yaoundé I (Cameroon). She is a specialist in traditional cloth made from beaten bark, obom, and m’mouat (traditional costume), an important element of the material culture of her country. Sensitive to the issues of postcolonialism and the resurgence of residual culture in societies, her current research focuses on the evolution of m’mouat in the Ekang milieu (population of southern Cameroon) and particularly on its production and consumption, which seem to respond to contemporary needs, linked to questions of identity expression, agentivity and decolonialism.
Andréanne Parent is a Ph.D. student in art history at the University of Montréal. Her research focuses mainly on the history of French art of the 18th and 19th centuries, and more specifically on the artistic education of women and girls in the Paris region, from the end of the Ancien Régime to the July Monarchy, which she studies through an interdisciplinary perspective (feminist theories and disability studies). She is interested in the artistic movements and manifestations of the post-revolutionary period and the Romantic era, as well as the (erased) roles played by (ignored) women in art history. Her master’s dissertation focused on the partnership between the history painter Anne-Louis Girodet (1767-1824) and the woman of letters and theater Julie Candeille (1767-1834), wrongly considered as “the little woman behind the big man”. Her master’s dissertation, directed by Professor Peggy Davis, was published in 2020 at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Geneviève Saumier is a doctoral student in Arts Studies and Practices at the University of Quebec in Montreal, under the direction of Ève Lamoureux and with the support of SSHRC. She obtained a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Montréal where she then worked as a research officer at the Research Chair “Paysages et environnements”. She is currently a lecturer at the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City where she directs the Contemporary Art and Anthropology Formative Research Project. With the artist José Miguel Gonzalez Casanova, she co-edited the book Artropología: Un acercamiento entre disciplinas (2018), with the support of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) of Mexico. As part of her research on the co-creative process that characterizes ethnographic fieldwork, she is currently collaborating on a participatory art project in Misión du Arnedo, a village in the northern state of Guanajuato.
Marie Tissot is a Ph.D. candidate in museology, mediation and heritage at the University of Quebec in Montreal. As part of her research, she explores the possibilities of collecting and exhibiting performing arts. She is also interested in artistic practices of social and pedagogical value. Since 2019, she works in the research group Le musée à l’épreuve du performatif.
Independent curator and M.A. candidate in art history, Alexandra Tourigny Fleury focuses her research on the socio-political issues surrounding the question of spectator agency in artistic contexts, on citizen participation through art, and on critical curatorial practices. Her master’s dissertation, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), focuses on the political agency of children in the context of youth contemporary art exhibitions. Alexandra is also the coordinator for the Observatoire des Médiations Culturelles (OMEC) and a research assistant for the same organization. She is interested in the issues of mediation and cultural accessibility. As a resident of the small municipality of Saint-Norbert-d’Arthabaska in Québec, Alexandra is committed to the recognition and promotion of cultural activities outside of large urban centers. Her writings have been published in several arts magazines, notably Vie des Arts, Inter and Ex situ.