Kelann Currie-Williams is a Montreal-based visual artist, writer, and interdisciplinary master’s student at Concordia University in the Individualized Program (INDI), under the supervision of Dr. Erin Manning, Dr. Steven High, and Dr. Monika Gagnon. Her research, which spans the fields of oral history, visual culture, photography theory, and cultural geography, focuses on Black Canada’s history of image-making and image preservation, and how oral history can provide context to institutional, community, and personal photographic archives. Kelann holds a BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Film Studies, and she is a member of Senselab, a research-creation lab under Milieux Institute’s Performing Art Research Cluster (LePARC).
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.