Curating Anti-Colonialism: Re-imagining the Institution through a Decolonial Lens

Understanding that art galleries must position themselves as open learning communities, the MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) proposes internships in Indigenous and new curatorial practices. Canadian cultural institutions have long considered themselves above the political. However, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action have posed challenges to art institutions and their leaders are now confronted with an urgent question: How do galleries shift to align with the more diverse populations they now serve?
Through this application, the MAG is taking steps to address the decolonizing of art in its institutional structure. How cultures are represented in art, media, entertainment, must be foremost in our minds as we strive to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society. This project will provide best practice in how to decolonize institutions through curatorial practices that educate us to better understand and practice fair and accurate representation, share knowledge and, eventually, frame just economies.

Felicia Gay McCallum
Faculty Supervisor: 
Sherry Farrell-Racette
Partner University: