Emelie Chhangur

Curator and Assistant Director, Art Gallery of York University

Emelie Chhangur is an artist and award winning curator and writer based in Toronto, where she works as the Assistant Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU). She is known for her process-based, participatory curatorial practice and the creation of long-term collaborative projects that have been performatively staged within and outside the gallery context. Recent projects include: no.it is opposition., a two-year collaboration with Brazilian curator and artist Carla Zaccagnini, The Awakening, a three-year multi-faceted participatory performance and new civic ceremonial with Panamanian artist Humberto Vélez, Imaginary Homelands, a three-year experimental residency-style exhibition with nine artists from Bogotá, Colombia, Ring of Fire, a two year collaboration and public street procession with Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith , and the Centre for Incidental Activisms (CIA), an ongoing (since 2011) proposition of gallery “in-reach,” where participatory, activist, and research-based practices are emphasized over conventional methods of exhibition display.

Chhangur has published a number of texts, which follow the principles and strategies of the artists she works with such as the hybrid screen play and curatorial text Mechanisms at Play: a genre bending adaptation of Oliver Husain’s Hovering Proxies; a song for the artist collective Fastwürms entitled AGYU Flava: Learning to Play Donky; the relational text/diary Walking into and along-side Diane Borsato’s Walking Studio and a performative text that mimicked the work of Indigenous Blackfoot artist Terrance Houle entitled Indian Givn’r. Her most recent publications, entitled Aesthetics of Collaboration and Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic are distributed by DAP, New York. Upcoming publications include: Imaginary Homelands, Provenance Unknown (Sara Angelucci), and Marlon Griffith: Symbols of Endurance. Chhangur has presented papers at a number of international conferences (most recently Decolonial Aesthetics, Envisioning a Practice: International Symposium on Performing Arts Curation and Encuentro 2014 hosted by the Hemispheric Institute of the Americas), Theorectical Forum at the Havana Biennial (2013), Visiting Minds in Panama City (2013) and she is the upcoming keynote speaker at the National Conference of Artist-run Centres and Collectives (2015). She has participated in a number of artist and curatorial residencies most recently at Onagawa AIR and Kamiyama AIR (Japan) and Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño (Colombia).

Country(ies) or Region(s) of Interest: Different places across the Americas

Keywords:  Performance, curating, visual art, collaboration, cultural mixing