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Noor Bhangu | Future (Concrete) Workshop

Noor Bhangu giving a lecture at the beginning of her curatorial residency.

Noor Bhangu giving a lecture at the beginning of her curatorial residency.

For the final and concluding programme in her curatorial residency, Noor Bhangu will lead a Future (Concrete) Workshop. It will open with a collective reflection on the ever-ambiguous and shifting relationship between utopia, desire, and hope. Following this, the participants will be asked to work in pairs to concretize utopia, desire, or hope through a creative and collaborative activity.

Some activities provided will include:

·     Creation of a “Welcome” brochure for New Canadians

o  What can an official pamphlet on Canadian history and culture include?

o  And what should it include?

·     Contributing to existing rubrics of land acknowledgement in Edmonton

o  What are the responsibilities of white settlers and settlers of colour?

o  How can existing land acknowledgements be built upon, or added to, to involve layered, complex histories of migration pre- and post-Treaties with the Crown?

·     Mapping of an institution of the future

o  Are there examples, or fragments, we can use from the present?

o  What does it look like? And which bodies populate it?

·     Participants will be invited to bring their own activities, that they or others could choose from.


The Future (Concrete) Workshop will close with a communal dinner cooked and served by Noor, which will include vegan, gluten-free, and onion-less options. Please email if you have dietary restrictions that have not been addressed here.