Invest in Activating Ideas

February 28, 8:30am - 10:00am PST. Hosted at KWENCH

part of a series on Invest


About the speaker

Haema Sivanesan is a Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia. She has held leadership and curatorial positions in public galleries and art centres across Canada, as well as in Australia and South Asia. Her curatorial work typically focuses on art from South and Southeast Asia and its diasporas, with an interest in non-western, post-colonial and trans-national histories, world views and practices. Recent exhibitions include, Imagining Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters (2019), Fiona Tan: Ascent (2019), and Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest (2018). In 2018, she was the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Curatorial Research Fellowship (2018-2019); and in 2016, she was a recipient of a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation multi-year research and exhibition development grant for the project In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice (forthcoming). Her writing has been published widely in catalogues and art journals in Canada and internationally

Additional details

The visual arts can be an important vehicle for cross-cultural public dialogue that builds social cohesion and inter-cultural understanding. During her talk, Sivanesan looks at a selection of projects that she has been working on at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), that reflect on ideas of “place” on Vancouver Island. In particular, she will showcase an ongoing 3D stereoscopic video art project being developed by the AGGV in partnership with artist, Leila Sujir (Concordia University, Montreal), and the Pacheedaht First Nation (Port Renfrew). Her talk will reflect on the importance of contemporary art practices that are engaged with collaborative processes, and with experimental formats and media. Sivanesan argues for an investment in the arts as an investment in activating ideas and social values in order to produce social benefits.