Larin, Eli. Promotional documents, Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR).

Five years of EAHR

A panel discussion on the EAHR@Artexte research residence

April 27, 2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM

Ethnocultural Art Histories Research (EAHR) is a student-driven research community based within the Art History Department of Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Since summer 2011, EAHR has been facilitating opportunities for exchange and creation in the examination of and engagement with issues of ethnic and cultural representation within the visual arts in Canada. The research group is open to students and faculty invested or interested in engaging with issues of cultural representation, and ethnocultural art histories research across various disciplines. EAHR’s activities include symposiums, curatorial projects, discussion groups and exhibition visits. EAHR distinguishes itself through its membership and executive committee, which comprises of undergraduate, graduate and alumni of Concordia University as well as members of the community.

The EAHR@Artexte: research residency is a part of the research residency program of Artexte, where a team of eight members EAHR were invited to work with Artexte’s collections team from January 2017 to April 2017 to create a research-creation project to be concluded by a public event unveiling the results of their research. While EAHR’s research residency at Artexte of 2015 focused on Black Canadian and Asian Canadian artists, this year’s residency is an investigation into EAHR’s own history, by retracing its events, talks, group exhibits and publications. In the first phase of the project, an archive of the documents produced by EAHR was collected and organized by the team, along with the creation of research tools for the public and internal documentation to support future archival efforts. Through careful curation, a timeline of EAHR’s produced events and publications was created, based on our findings in our internal archives. Curated by this year’s EAHR@Artexte residents, the exhibition Five Years of EAHR will be presented during a public event on April 27, 2017 and will feature EAHR’s timeline and selected archival documents. On that date, the EAHR@Artexte Panel Discussion: Celebrating 5 years of Student-Driven Ethnocultural Art Histories Research will also take place, with current and alumni members of EAHR talking about their experiences with the student-driven research group and the ways in which EAHR’s events and activities have had a significant positive impact on the quality of life within academia as well as beyond into the community. This public event celebrates EAHR’s accomplishments and ongoing projects as we reflect on the importance of ethnocultural art histories research.

This research residency in partnership with Artexte is made possible with the generous support from Artexte, The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Department of Art History at Concordia University, and Concordia Council on Student Life (CCSL). The showcase and publication was made possible through the contribution of Taklif : تکلیف, an imaginary platform and travelling library project dedicated to the (un)learning practices associated with Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour communities through art and dialogue.