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Carmen Robertson

Canada Research Chair in North American Indigenous Visual and Material Culture

“The exciting part of my research is seeing Indigenous art through the eyes of Indigenous Peoples rather than through a western lens.”

Carmen Robertson thinks about Indigenous art, not through a lens of Western art history, but through Indigenous ways of knowing that upend disciplinary norms. Reconceptualizing Indigenous art histories informs each of Robertson’s major research projects. Leading a team of investigators researching the art of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau, The Morrisseau Project: 1955-1985 offers new findings and perspectives on his art. Concepts such as intergenerational knowledge transmission and visual storytelling informs two of the Scottish-Lakota researcher’s other major projects. A collaboration with Indigenous beadwork artists shines new light on Prairie beading and Robertson’s curatorial research for an upcoming exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery similarly engages with Indigenous art theories.

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