• Alejandro A. Barbosa

    Associate

    Alejandro A. Barbosa (Argentinian, b. 1986) is a queer Latino photographer and artist. His current practice revolves around questions on queerness, the politics of passing and visibility, the distribution of effort in institutional contexts, performance, modes of consumption of difference and exhaustion. His work has been shown in festivals, galleries, museums and other art spaces in Argentina, Peru, the US and Canada. He is a recipient of the BC Binning Memorial Fellowship. Barbosa lives and works on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Squamish, Stó:lō, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations, also known as Vancouver. For Barbosa’s online project, visit https://belkin.ubc.ca/alejandro-a-barbosa/

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  • Saranaz Barforoush

    Barforoush is a journalism educator with a background in journalism and photography research. Her research interests include journalism education, representation of the “other” in news and photojournalism, foreign affairs and international reporting, journalism ethics, political communication, and the implications of new media technology in journalism and ethical reporting. Barforoush is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in journalism at UBC’s school of Journalism, Writing, and Media and an affiliated faculty with the bachelor of Media studies program.

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  • Christine D’Onofrio

    Faculty Researcher

    Christine D’Onofrio is an artist who works in photography, video, digital media, interactive media, printmaking, sculpture, book work and installation.Her practice explores themes related to art history and the nature of artistic practice, current and historical feminisms, exploitation, virtue, humiliation, humour and desire. She is interested in the contradictions and ambiguities of liberty, especially under capitalism and her work frequently juxtaposes consumer culture and mass media with art historical references. Her recent work critically addresses feminist strategies and discourses pertaining to structures of exploitation, humiliation and power. D’Onofrio is involved with Art+Feminism in Vancouver, an international campaign to improve the coverage of women and female identifying artists on Wikipedia.

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  • Heather Diack

    Associate

    Diack is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and the History of Photography at the University of Miami, where she specializes in conceptual art, critical theory, conflict studies, and civic engagement. She is the author of Documents of Doubt: The Photographic Conditions of Conceptual Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), co-author with Erina Duganne and Terri Weissman of Global Photography: A Critical History (London: Routledge, 2020), and co-editor of photographies (Fall 2017 no. 10.3) Not Just Pictures: Reassessing Critical Models for 1980s Photography. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals including, Visual Studies, History of Photography, Public, and RACAR, as well as in several edited volumes, such as Photography Performing Humor (Leuven University Press, 2019), L’art de Douglas Huebler (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2018), Photography and Doubt (Routledge, 2017), and The Public Life of Photographs (MIT Press and Ryerson Image Center, 2016). In 2016 Diack was the Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

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  • Tobias Ewé

    Graduate Researcher

    Ewé is a theorist and experimental art historian. He is currently writing a doctoral dissertation on inhuman psychoacoustics in the Department of Art History at UBC. His research focuses on the epistemology of listening in modernity, and its symptoms in the sonic arts at the nexus between vibrational inhumanism and speculative aesthetics. His most recent work appears in Holger Schulze, ed (2019), Handbook of Sound Art, London: Bloomsbury, and the Danish translation of Laboria Cuboniks’ Xenofeminism: A Politics of Alienation. Tobias has exhibited/performed diagrams and sonic fictions in Germany, Canada, Denmark, Italy, and online.

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  • Denise Ferreira da Silva

    Faculty Researcher

    An academic and practicing artist, Dr. Ferreira da Silva is a Professor and Director of the Social Justice Institute-GRSJ, at the University of British Columbia.  She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), A Dívida Impagavel (Oficina da Imaginaçāo Política and Living Commons, 2019), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg/MIT Press, 2021) and co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Her several articles have been published in leading interdisciplinary journals, such as Social TextTheory, Culture & SocietySocial Identities, PhiloSOPHIA, Griffith Law Review, Theory & Event, The Black Scholar, to name a few. Her artistic works includes the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018)in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman; and the relational art practices Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She has exhibited and lectured at major art venues, such as the Pompidou Center (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London, MASP (Sāo Paulo), Guggenheim (New York), and MoMa (New York). She has also written for publications for major art events (Liverpool Biennale, 2017; Sao Paulo Biennale, 2016, Venice Biennale, 2017, and Documenta 14) and published in art venues, such as Canadian ArtTexte Zur Kunst, and E-Flux. 

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  • Olivia Michiko Gagnon

    Faculty Researcher

    Gagnon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Film at UBC. She is currently working on her first monograph, which theorizes closeness as a minoritarian method of doing history through art & performance and beyond archival stricture. Her writing has appeared in ASAP/JournalCanadian Theatre ReviewemisfeìricaSyndicate, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. She received her PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.

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  • Ayasha Guerin

    Faculty Researcher

    Guerin is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and curator who lives between Berlin and Vancouver. She is an Assistant Professor of Black Diaspora Studies at the University of British Columbia in the Department of English.Guerin  received her PhD from NYU’s American Studies department where her dissertation, Making Zone-A: Nature, Race and Resilience on New York’s Most Vulnerable Shores, explored Black social life and ecology in the city’s floodplain from the 17th-19th centuries. Tracing how colonial capitalism cultivated a hierarchy of  racial difference on urban landfill, the project considers how activism on the  waterfront has  been shaped by diasporic relationships and interspecies entanglements. Guerin is invested in art practices that are also forms of activism and believes a responsibility of the research profession is to make knowledge accessible through public actions and exhibitions. Another ongoing research and workshop project has evolved from study in the Audre Lorde and May Ayim Archives at the Freie Universität, Berlin, which hold important records of the Black Feminist poets’ transnational activism and grassroots coalitions, addressing racism in the late 1980s – early 1990s.

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  • Kelly McCormick

    Faculty Researcher

    McCormick is a historian of the visual and material culture of modern Japan. She writes about the politics of photography culture and optical technologies in Japan from the 1930s to the 1970s. Her resent research focusses on the first women to become professional photographers in Japan in the 1940s and 50s, marketing the camera as a symbol of Japanese modern design, and female student uses of the camera to document environmental degradation. McCormick is a Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UBC.

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  • Daniela P. Montelongo

    Graduate Researcher

    Montelongo holds degrees from the Institut de Sciences Politiques de Paris (BA), from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (MA) and is pursuing her PhD at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. Daniela is interested in the complex relationship between the simultaneously evolving practices of photo-documentary, photojournalism and landscape photography, particularly in relation to the global circulation of images of apartheid South Africa. Her research explores the landscape photography of South African photographers David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng and Jo Ractliffe, as being disruptive of canonical uses of the genre. Daniela is also interested in providing a critical response to the construction of “African photography” as a category, by focusing on the historically specific conditions of the photographic image in the context of apartheid, while expanding her analysis of the genre of landscape beyond the medium of photography.

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  • John O'Brian

    Faculty Researcher

    O’Brian is an art historian, writer, curator, and Professor Emeritus. He is the author or editor of twenty books and many articles, and is best known for his books on modern art, including Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, one of the New York Times “Notable Books of the Year” in 1986, and for his exhibitions on nuclear photography such as Camera Atomica, organized for the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2015. Camera Atomica was the first comprehensive exhibition on postwar nuclear photography. O’Brian taught in Art History at The University of British Columbia from 1987-2017, where he held the Brenda & David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies (2008-11) and was an Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a recipient of the Thakore Award in Human Rights and Peace Studies from Simon Fraser University.

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  • Marcus Prasad

    Associate

    Prasad is an art historian, editor, and researcher. He received his MA in Art History from the University of British Columbia in 2020. His research focuses on spatial theory, temporality, and queer theory as they relate to American contemporary horror film and postwar art, and has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has also been the recipient of the Patsy and David Heffel Award in Art History, the Ian Wallace Award in Art History, and the University of Toronto Master Essay Prize.

    Prasad is Academic Programs Assistant at the Belkin, and Editor-in-Chief at SAD Magazine.

     

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  • Shelly Rosenblum

    Faculty Researcher

    Shelly Rosenblum is Curator of Academic Programs at the Belkin. Inaugurating this position at the Belkin, Rosenblum’s role is to develop programs that increase myriad forms of civic and academic engagement at UBC, the wider Vancouver community and beyond. Rosenblum received her PhD at Brown University and has taught at Brown, Wesleyan and UBC. Her awards include fellowships from the Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University and a multi-year Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of English, UBC. She was selected for the Summer Leadership Institute of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (2014). Her research interests include issues in contemporary art and museum theory, discourses of the Black Atlantic, critical theory, narrative and performativity. Her teaching covers the 17th to the 21st centuries. She remains active in professional associations related to academic museums and cultural studies, attending international conferences and workshops, and recently completing two terms (six years) on the Board of Directors at the Western Front, Vancouver, including serving as Board President. At UBC, Rosenblum is an Affiliate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

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  • Xan Shian

    Project Coordinator & Graduate Researcher

    Shian is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, and MFA candidate at UBC, whose work navigates the in-between spaces of personal, cultural and material encounter through seeking what is absent or unaccounted for. She holds a BA in Communication and Cultural Studies and a BFA in Photography, both from Concordia University. She published the book Threshold (Leaf Press, 2015) in collaboration with poet, Marilyn Bowering, and has curated, written for and shown works at galleries and artist run spaces in Scotland and Canada including the Polygon Gallery (Vancouver), Project Pangée (Montreal), Espace Projet (Montreal), and the Ou Gallery (Duncan).

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  • Erin Silver

    Faculty Researcher

    Silver is an Assistant Professor of Art History at UBC, with a specialization in Canadian Contemporary Practices. Her research interests include activism and photographic re-enactment, social media, and queer and feminist visual art and performance. Silver has published widely in periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and has curated exhibitions the FOFA Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), and the Doris McCarthy Gallery (University of Toronto Scarborough)

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  • Althea Thauberger

    Principal Investigator & Faculty Researcher

    Thauberger is an artist and filmmaker and an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. Her artistic work is primarily concerned with experimental and community/collaborative practices in social documentary. Her research interests include site based art and activism, and artists’ use of archival materials. Thauberger has produced and exhibited her work internationally including recent exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and the inaugural Karachi Biennale.

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  • Tania Willard

    Faculty Researcher

    Tania Willard (Secwépemc Nation) works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production. Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Willard’s curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011, Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology co-curated by Karen Duffek in 2016 and CUSTOM MADE at Kamloops Art Gallery. She has also been selected as one of five national curators for a national scope exhibition in collaboration with Partners in Art and National Parks. Willard’s personal curatorial projects include BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists. Willard’s current research constructs a land rights aesthetic through intuitive archival acts and land-based practices, focusing on Secwepemc aesthetics/language/land and interrelated Indigenous art practices.

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  • Daniel Young

    Graduate Researcher

    Young is currently interested in the intersections between social science and the visual arts. His collaborative practice with Christian Giroux spanned public art, cinema installations, sculpture, exhibitions, and artist books. Their ‘Berlin 2013/1983’, was awarded the runner-up for the best architecture book in Germany in 2018 by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt, and their public artwork ‘Three Points Where Two Lines Meet’ has been referred to in the Toronto Star as the most hated in Toronto. Young’s master’s thesis (in the department of Geography) has the working title of ‘Vancouver’s Political Economy of Construction’.

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  • Steven Zhu

    Graduate Researcher

    After obtaining bachelor’s degrees in molecular biology and economics at Yale College, Zhu worked in the health economics and healthcare consulting field before pursuing journalism. He has contributed research, fact-checking and writing to the New Yorker and Maisonneuve Magazine. Zhu cares deeply about reporting on local issues that resonate broadly across Canada and the world. He recently finished a Master of Journalism at UBC.

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