This event was a collaboration between Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG / AOGA) & AAMC Foundation.
For this Curator Conversation, London-based curator and writer Shaheen Merali presented a keynote “Institutions — Remnants, Reborn, Resettled”. Merali discussed ways to move beyond intentions to re-evaluate our collective role and if in these uncertain times we are all in search of critical corrections. The featured keynote was recorded. Following the presentation, participants convened in breakout rooms for smaller discussions and to meet international art curators and other arts professionals of all backgrounds and experiences to build their professional network.
KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Shaheen Merali, curator and writer
Shaheen Merali is a curator and writer, based in London, who explores the intersection of art, culture identity and global histories. He has held positions at Central Saint Martins School of Art (2003-1995); a visiting lecturer and researcher at the University of Westminister (2003-1997) and the Head of Department of Exhibition, Film and New Media at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2008-2003), one of the first Asian/POC to hold such a position in Germany’s history; a milestone appointment where he curated several exhibitions accompanied by publications, including The Black Atlantic – Modernity and Double Consciousness; Dreams and Trauma – Moving images and the Promised Lands (Palestine and Israel); New York States of Mind (toured to Queens Museum, NY) as well as leading the curation and global research for five years of programming. At the HKW he co-curated with Professor Wu Hung, Re-Imagining Asia, One Thousand years of Separation (toured later to the New Art Gallery, Walsall) and the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2006). He has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, lectured at many institutions and was the co-convenor of This is Tomorrow: de canonisation and decolonisation at the Courtauld Institute, London in November 2019. He is currently on the advisory board of the Live Art Development Agency (London).
ABOUT THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ART GALLERIES / ASSOCIATION ONTARIENNE DES GALERIES D’ART (OAAG/AOGA) The Ontario Association of Art Galleries / Association ontarienne des galeries d’art (OAAG/AOGA) has a 50 year history as an arts service organization (ASO) which represents over 270 members—public art galleries, museums, artist-run-centres, and arts organizations. Over 40 years, its annual award program has been defining the standards of excellence for the visual arts in Canada. Through advocacy on issues, policy, legislation to all levels of government, and delivery of innovative and cutting-edge professional development opportunities and network-building, OAAG/AOGA advances, empowers, and strengthens the visual arts sector in Canada.
ABOUT AAMC Founded in 2001, the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) today has over 1,300 members from over 400 institutions around the globe. AAMC & AAMC Foundation celebrate the curatorial narrative by supporting and promoting the work of art curators at all stages in their career through opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and career advancement. In the ever-changing, non-profit visual art world, AAMC is the voice for all curators—regardless of field, experience level, and institutional type. We ensure that the curatorial perspective on art, museums, and educational issues is actively communicated to the public, media, and museum profession.