On Mar. 23, Capilano University’s Art History department is hosting a free, organized lecture in partnership with Women’s and Gender Studies and First Nations Student Services. The event, which focuses on the topic of Indigenous women artists in the age of truth and reconciliation, will be held from 11:30 am to 1 pm on campus in LB 217, with light refreshments served afterwards.
Professor, art historian and event organizer, Dr. Efrat El-Hanany hopes that relevant, pressing and important themes in Art History and visual and popular culture can be introduced and discussed. The event will reflect CapU’s goal to engage in the ongoing processes of truth and reconciliation, and indigenize the curriculum on campus.
The event will be featuring guest speaker and art historian, Dr. Megan Smetzer, who teaches, publishes and lectures on historical and contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous cultural expressions, with specific focus on women and the production of transcultural art.
“Smetzer will introduce us to the innovative and creative work of selected contemporary Indigenous Women Artists who utilize diverse media to foreground Indigenous world views as a way to heal their own communities, as well as to illuminate the consequences of our entwined histories for a wider public,” said El-Hanany.
The lecture, which plans to introduce the work of contemporary artists, relates to Art History, as El-Hanany believes that art provides a visual interpretation of the world, serving to communicate important and current concerns, while engaging individuals in conversations regarding such topics as culture, race and identity, all the while helping to bridge social divides.
“The combination of women and art is interesting to me as well as processes of othering and the empowerment of disenfranchised groups within society. I try to focus my research and teaching on such themes whenever possible,” said El-Hanany.
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