Episode 2 - border crossings podcast with Rhéanne Chartrand


Sharada Eswar in conversation with Rhéanne Chartrand

Link to the episode

In this episode, Métis curator and creative producer, Rhéanne Chartrand, talks about the emergence and development of Indigenous curatorship, key themes, issues, and about bridging the gap between the artist and the community and curation as facilitating a dialogue between artists and their works.

What comes to her mind when we say “border crossings”

“Transgression...rebel nature...people working in, between and across those spaces. All comes back to my own world view, my  own experiences and who I am as an individual and as a Métis person. I have always sat in this liminal space and rather than see that as a barrier or a problem, I leverage that. I leverage the fact that I sit in this in between space. Both from a cultural point of view and a conceptual point of view”

Episode Highlights

1)    Border crossing within a workplace context  - establishing authorship over voice when it comes to curatorial work. And how voice is articulated in promotion. Considering curatorial work as an opportunity to impact the minds and hearts of people

2)    Rhéanne recognizes that she is accountable to numerous people from the Indigenous community. And that her voice represents a huge Indigenous community. She describes using borders as an educational tool for those that you work with. 

3)    What distinguishes Indigenous art practices from various other art practices and how she works with that as a curator. She talks about navigating by moving forward with an open mind and with the audience as the primary focus.

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