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Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, MIW Theatre

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The Bell-Sloman Collection at Brock University: A Fugitive Archive presented by Dr. Julie Crooks

Lecture: January 31, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: MIW Theatre, MIWSFPA

Abstract: This talk draws on current research that examines the ways in which blacks, by the mid to late 19th century, in settlements throughout Southern Ontario, used photography as a critical and powerful tool for self-representation. I situate the Bell-Sloman Collection as a “fugitive archive," built with defiance and resistance, in order to preserve, salvage and recover the histories of black Canadian communities whose stories and material artefacts are often left untold or subject to erasure.

Bio: Dr. Julie Crooks received a PhD in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K. The title of her dissertation is Alphonso Lisk-Carew and Early Photography in Sierra Leone. Dr. Crooks’s research focuses on vernacular photography in Sierra Leone, West Africa and the diaspora. Crooks has taught numerous courses in these fields at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), as well as OCADU, (Toronto), University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University (Toronto). From 2014 to 2016 she was a Rebanks Post Doctoral Fellow at the ROM (Royal Ontario museum). She is Assistant Curator, Photography at the AGO.

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