Christina Battle’s research and artistic work consider the parameters of disaster; looking to it as action, as more than mere event and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Through this research she imagines how disaster could be utilized as a tactic for social change and as a tool for reimagining how dominant systems might radically shift.
Amanda Boetzkes is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the intersection of artistic practices with the life sciences and global systems of energy use. She is the author of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019), The Ethics of Earth Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and is co-editor of Heidegger and the Work of Art History (Ashgate, 2014).
Diane Borsato is an artist and naturalist living in Toronto. She is also Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Guelph.
Heather Davis is an assistant professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, The New School, in New York. Her current book project traces the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism. She is the co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (London: Open Humanities Press, 2015) and editor of Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA and McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017).
Ayesha Hameed’s moving image, performance and written work explore contemporary borders and migration, and visual cultures of the Black Atlantic. Her projects Black Atlantis and A Rough History (of the destruction of fingerprints) have been performed and exhibited internationally. She is the co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater 2017), and is currently the Programme Leader for the MA in Contemporary Art Theory in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London.
Kelly Jazvac is an artist who works primarily with salvaged plastics. She is also an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Concordia University.
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Sara Mameni is Faculty in the School of Critical Studies and the director of Aesthetics and Politics program at California Institute of the Arts. She received her PhD in Art History from University of California San Diego in 2015 and was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz in 2016/2017. Her specialization is contemporary art in the Arab/Muslim world with a focus on queer of color theory. Her current research explores biopolitics, racial discourse in the Anthropocene, post-humanist aesthetics and the geo-ecological age of petroleum.
Peter Morin is a member of the Crow Clan. Tahltan Nation. In his artistic practice and research, Morin investigates the impact zones that occur when Indigenous culturally-based practices and Western Settler colonialism collide. Morin is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Arts at OCADUniversity.
Gabrielle Moser is an Assistant Professor of art history at OCAD University, where she also teaches in the graduate art history and curatorial practice programs. Her current research project, “Climates of Colonialism,” investigates how visual representations of the land, both historic and contemporary, can be used to illuminate the colonial origins of climate change.
Crystal Mowry is Senior Curator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Her work often explores the tension between perceived authenticity and illusory or troubled forms of representation. This tension might spawn from historical and chronological displacement, failure, and other conceptual irritants. It might also come from a desire to understand and describe what is particular to the experience of being in and of the world at this moment. As a curator operating primarily within the context of a public art museum, she treats her role as equal parts co-conspirator and translator, often seeking ways to support artists in the development of new projects. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Ontario.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist. She works as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is also a member of Beausoleil First Nation.
Laura Pitkanen is a critical geographer, sound artist, and carver. She plays in the bands Long Branch and Adaptor 45.
Jacob Remes is a labor, working-class, and disaster historian of North America and a clinical associate professor of history in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York Univeristy. His first book, Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2016.
Christine Shaw is Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery and Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her programming direction at the Blackwood takes a critical stance on social, political, and ecological urgencies, sets out to develop durable visual-cultural literacies, and invites publics to create new encounters in the common struggle for a future. Currently, she is at work on The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea (2018–20), a curatorial and editorial project series designed to open perspectives on climate change, environmental violence, and resilience through artistic practices, transdisciplinary inquiry, and political mobilization.
Image caption: The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, partial view of exhibition site in Southdown Industrial Area, Mississauga, ON. Julian Oliver, HARVEST, 2018 (in foreground). Photo: Spiral Mountains Media. Courtesy Blackwood Gallery.
Kelly Wood is a photographer and practicing artist whose research focuses on subjects that relate to the environmental impact of waste accumulation, waste economies, and all forms of visible and invisible pollution. Kelly is also a member of the research collectives The Toronto Photography Seminar and The Synthetic Collective. Her recent photo book, The Vancouver Carts was published by Black Dog, UK, in 2016.