Photo Credit: Karen Asher

The Poetic Intention of Intuition | Curator Talk with Nasrin Himada

Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 7pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

As a way to introduce Nasrin Himada, Plug In ICA’s new Assistant Curator, to the Winnipeg community, they gave a curator talk to discuss their research process in developing select exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Nasrin’s curatorial vision is invested in the exploration of contemporary art practices that condition the transformation of place and how we come to be together. Curation is always a collaborative experience, and initiating spaces of collaboration is a political act, an act that challenges the intentions of contemporary arts and its place from within the milieu of social practice. Himada’s interests and motivations in curatorial work stems from their own background in transformative justice and decolonial methodologies that are inspired from Palestinian cultural history and knowledge.

Nasrin Himada is a Palestinian writer, curator and editor from Tio’tia:ke (Montréal), in Kanien’kehá:ka territory but who now lives on Treaty One Territory. Nasrin’s writing on contemporary art has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Critical Signals, MICE Magazine, FUSE Magazine, and The Funambulist, among others. Most recently, Nasrin co-curated a time-based, video art exhibition entitled deep-time construction at The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Their current writing and curatorial project, For Many Returns, is a series designed and developed as a way to explore the possibilities of art writing as a kind of performative gesture. Since its debut at Dazibao in Montréal, it has toured across Canada, the US and Europe. Nasrin has been the co-editor of several contemporary arts magazines and journals, including the online platform Contemptorary.

This talk is available in our online video archive.

Photo Credit: Karen Asher

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Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership (Referenced from the University of Winnipeg).

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