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Kelann Currie-Williams is a visual artist and master’s student in the Individualized Program (INDI) at Concordia University, under the supervision of Dr. Erin Manning, Dr. Steven High, and Dr. Monika Gagnon. She completed her BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Film Studies at Concordia. With interests in the fields of oral history, cultural geography, Black Canadian studies as well as visual culture and the sociology of art, her research focuses on Black Canada’s history of image-making and image preservation. Currently, she is a member of Senselab (a research-creation lab under Milieux Institute’s Performing Art Research Cluster (LePARC), a research fellow on the Montreal 2050 Urban Futures project, and oral history researcher for the “Living History: 100 Years of Black History, Culture and Heritage” project through the Black Community Research Centre (BCRC).

Prolonging the Afterimage: Looking At and Talking About Photographs of Black Montreal

Kelann's research project “Prolonging the Afterimage: Looking At and Talking About Photographs of Black Montreal” takes as its focus Black Montreal’s history of image-making and image preservation, and the ways in which the creation of vernacular images became an integral force in the formation and production of selfhood, community, and a sense of belonging for Black Canadians. The study is being realized through the analysis of several personal, community-based, and institutional photographic collections as well as through conducting oral history interviews with Black photographers and photo collectors in the photo-elicitation style.



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