Asia-Pacific Visual Arts Delegation 2015

Asia Pacific Canada Council for the Arts Delegation 2015


The Asia-Pacific Visual Arts Delegation is a four-year joint initiative of the Audience and Market Development Office and the Visual Arts Section of the Council. Introduced in 2012, the initiative is based on the desire to develop stronger connections between visual arts communities across Canada and in Asia, and identify opportunities for exhibitions, exchanges and collaborations. It also recognizes the unique role of curators in connecting Canadian artists to international audiences and creating favourable conditions for the promotion and dissemination of their works.

In each of the first three years of the initiative, delegations of Canadian curators traveled to significant events in several countries within the Asia-Pacific region. These delegates were selected through an open application process. In 2015, the fourth year of the initiative, two activities took place. In April, 4 curators from the Asia-Pacific region learned about Canadian art in a visit to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. In November 2015, a delegation of 4 Aboriginal Canadian curators will participate in the First Nations Curators Exchange an International Visitors Program of the 8th Asia-Pacific Trienniale (APT8) in Brisbane, Australia.

The Canada Council is pleased to develop knowledge, relationships and connections that create opportunities for Canadian professional curators and artists to access audiences and markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

2015 First Nations Curators Exchange

At APT8 in Brisbane, Australia

We are pleased to introduce the participating curators in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Visual Arts Delegation: Michelle LaVallee (Regina), Julie Nagam (Winnipeg), France Trépanier (Victoria) and Daina Warren (Winnipeg).

These four curators will participate in an international exchange program organized and hosted by the Australia Arts Council and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Indigenous curators from Australia, New Zealand and Canada will participate in a unique itinerary designed to:

  • Increase international networks and collaborations between Indigenous artists and curators
  • Enhance the capability of artists and curators to engage in international market development and exchange
  • Support Indigenous artists and curators in practice and issues based exchange with their peers on an international level

Key activities include: Indigenous dialogue and exchange on specific practice areas and issues; Immersion in QAGOMA’s Indigenous Collection;  the APT8 conference; networking events, and a gallery tour focusing on contemporary Indigenous artists in the Brisbane area.

The group will be accompanied by Kelly Langgard (Head, Audience and Market Development, Canada Council).

Lavallee Michelle LaVallee is the Associate Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, where she has worked since 2007. Her curatorial work has explored the colonial relations that have shaped historical and contemporary culture through exhibitions including: Moving Forward, Never Forgetting (2015); 13 Coyotes: Edward Poitras (2012); To Be Reckoned With… (2010); Blow Your House In: Vernon Ah Kee (2009); Wally Dion (2008); Captured: Portraiture and the Permanent Collection (2008); and Miss Chief: Shadow Catcher – Kent Monkman (2008). Recently, she organized the historical and nationally touring exhibition 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. and book contextualizing their influential role in contemporary Canadian art history. The book received three Publishing awards at the Saskatchewan Book Awards in April 2015. In 2013 LaVallee was awarded the City of Regina Mayor’s Arts and Business Award for Excellence in Arts Related Service. She was a chosen participant for the Canadian Aboriginal Curators Delegation sent to the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 2010 and 2008 Biennale of Sydney. She is a curator, artist and educator of Ojibway ancestry, and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Band, Cape Croker, Ontario. She has also curated exhibitions for galleries including: A Space Gallery (Toronto) and Gallery 101 (Ottawa).

Julie Nagam Dr. Julie Nagam carries a joint position of a Chair in the History of Indigenous Art of North America at the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her current SSHRC project includes The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art Project. Nagam has published, The Occupation of Space: Creatively Transforming Indigenous Living Histories in Urban Spaces (2015); A Home for Our Migrations: The Canoe as Indigenous Methodology (2014); Charting Indigenous Stories of Place: An alternative cartography through the visual narrative of Jeff Thomas (2013) and (Re)Mapping the Colonized Body: The Creative Interventions of Rebecca Belmore in the Cityscape (2012). In 2012, she co-curated the exhibition Concealed Geographies and in 2013 curated Lisa Rehiana’s new media installation in pursuit of venus at A-Space Gallery in Toronto, Canada as part of ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Nagam’s creative practices include working in mixed media, such as drawing, photography, painting, sound, projections, new and digital media. She has shown work nationally and internationally.

France TrepanierFrance Trépanier is an artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. Her practice is informed by relational aesthetic and the use of strategies of collaboration. She is the Aboriginal curator in residence at Open Space Arts Society in Victoria BC. France is co-chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, a national arts service organization. She is also an Indigenous arts educator at Camosun College and the University of Victoria. France was the co-recipient of the 2012 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She co-authored, with Chris Creighton-Kelly, Understanding Aboriginal Art in Canada Today: a Knowledge and Literature Review for the Canada Council for the Arts. France held a diplomatic post at the Canadian Embassy in Paris and directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. France was the co-founder and director of the artist-run center Axe Néo-7 in Quebec.

Daina WarrenDaina Warren is from the Akamihk Cree Nation, and was first awarded Canada Council's Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts (2000) working with grunt gallery until 2009. She completed a second Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Residency at the NGC and curated the group exhibition Don't Stop Me Now. She received her BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2003) and later graduated from UBC with a Masters in Art History (CCST program, 2012). She was recently awarded the 2015 Emily Award and is Director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, MB.

Familiarization Tour

2015 Asia-Pacific Visual Arts Familiarization Tour to Canada

The Audience and Market Development Office of the Canada Council is pleased to introduce the participants in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Visual Arts Familiarization Tour. These four curators visited visual artists, galleries and institutions in three Canadian cities: Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from April 20-30, 2015.

The delegation of distinguished curators included: Taro Amano (Japan), Amy Cheng (Taiwan), Michelle Hyun (Republic of Korea, USA), and Nathalie Boseul Shin (Republic of Korea).

Kelly Langgard (Head, Audience and Market Development, Canada Council) accompanied the group for several destinations on their itinerary. The curators were hosted by Jonathan Middleton (Director, Or Gallery) in Vancouver, Lesley Johnstone (Curator, Montreal Contemporary Art Museum) in Montreal and by Barbara Fischer (Director, Justina M. Barnicke and Hart House Galleries) in Toronto.

Here are the biographies of the visiting curators:
Taro Amano is the Chief Curator and Program Director of the Yokohama Civic Art Gallery in Yokohama, Japan. He has also served as Chief Curator of the Yokohama Museum of Art (1986-2015), Curator of the 2005 Yokohama Triennale, Head of the Curatorial Team of the 2001 and 2014 Yokohama Triennales and Assistant Curator of the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (1982-1986). Amano has organized numerous exhibitions and has contributed essays to the following catalogues: Japanese Art after 1945: Scream against the Sky (1994), Louise Bourgeois (1997), Yoshitomo Nara (2001), Black Out: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography (organized by the Japan Foundation) (2002), and Non-Sect Radical: Contemporary Photography III (2004).

Independent curator Amy Cheng lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. From 2000 to 2005 Cheng lived in Vancouver, Canada, and served as a feature writer for Taiwan’s ARTCO Monthly magazine, where she currently works as a lead feature writer. Cheng has curated numerous exhibitions, including: Invisible City (2003) and THTP/Phase Five/Oversight/2008 at the Vancouver Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, the 2004 Taipei Biennial: Do you Believe in Reality? (co-curated), Altered States (2006) at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Traversing the Fantasy (2010) and Re-envisioning Society (2011-2013) at Taipei's TheCube Project Space, The Heard and The Unheard ─ Soundscape Taiwan, Taiwan Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2011), The 3rd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition at Hong-Gah Museum of Taipei (2012). With m culturd cultural critic, Shamans and Dissent (West Heavens, Artist Dispatch Project Exhibition) at Hanart Square of Hong Kong (2013), ALTERing NATIVism – Sound Cultures in Post-War Taiwan (co-curated, Taipei, Kaohsiung, 2014) and Phantom of Civilization (2015) at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain (co-curated). With Jeph Lo, she founded Taipei’s TheCube Project Space in 2010, which aims to explore local culture, establish long-term relationships with artists, and promote contemporary art exchanges between Taiwan and the international community.

Michelle Hyun is a curator and researcher working with the conditions and interrelationships of publics, space, discourse, and pedagogy. Such work has manifested in the collaborative production of projects with artists and organizations such as Public Movement at the New Museum and Bik Van der Pol with Creative Time. Her curatorial projects have been realized in the form of exhibitions, public interventions, mass media broadcasts, screenings, and discursive programs.  Most recently, she co-curated the Gwangju Biennale 20th anniversary exhibition, Sweet Dew - Since 1980 and was the 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow at the University of California San Diego University Art Gallery.  She received her BA in International Political Economy from George Washington University and MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. 

Nathalie Boseul Shin is chief curator of Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul. She studied philosophy at Ewha Woman’s University and aesthetics at Hongik University (MA). Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Hongik University. Since 1997, she started her curatorial career in Korea, engaging various exhibition planning and art projects. In 2000, she began as a curator with an expertise of media art after working for art center nabi. Further, she developed her experience at Seoul International Media Art Biennale 2004, leading exhibition team as manager. She has been working at Total Museum of Contemporary Art since 2007. She curated Muntadas: Asian Protocols, News after the News (Dan Perjovschi), Postcapical Archive: 1989-2001 (Daniel G. Andujar), Danish Video Art Exhibition Subtle Whispering, etc. Since 2010, she has been organizing various annual international projects such as Roadshow, Playground in island (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia), the show must go on.

Asia Pacific Visual Arts 2015