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This webinar will explore the work of decolonization as a current movement in museums, galleries, and personal art practices. It is less about providing answers for decolonization, and more about reflecting on some of the current activities surrounding it today. What are some things that museums and galleries are doing towards decolonization? Are these working? What are some of the behind-the-scenes conversations relating to this work? How might artists position themselves to join in on these conversations?
Thoughts about Decolonization in Museums, Galleries, and Art Practices
Dr. Troy Patenaude, PhD is an art and cultural historian, curator, experiential educator, and hiking guide with a passion for projects that help make Canada a more just and resilient place. He was born in Anishnaabek ancestral lands now covered over by the Robinson-Huron and Williams Treaties. His mom’s side of the family are from British settler-colonial descent, and his dad’s side of the family are from a community that is at the moment part of the Georgian Bay Métis Community.
For the past twenty years, Troy has been facilitating cross-cultural sharing and outdoor education programs concerning the effects of colonization, mainly throughout Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, Îyârhe Nakoda, and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 lands now covered over by Treaty 7. More recently, Troy has curated major exhibitions throughout Alberta, including Treaty 7 in Calgary, and The Dream We Form By Being Together—the official Canada 150 exhibition at the Alberta Legislature. Troy is currently the Director of Cultural Development at Fort Calgary National Historic Site, and an instructor at the Alberta University of the Arts.