Iterative Approach and Co-curating

A collaborative, supportive and democratic approach to curating informs our governance structure. It is based on scientific and practical knowledge brought to the process by the members of the research team, the exhibition curator, and the advisory committee, composed of members of the sexual and gender communities.

This mode of governance draws on iterative dynamic - a continuous back-and-forth between members of the Organizing Committee, members of the Advisory Committee, and the curator - to promote a systematic and ongoing sharing of knowledge issued from research and also from the knowledge co-construction which take place during collaborative work. Our iterative approach has led to the definition of the project's guidelines and parameters (objectives, message, selection of artists, target audiences, activities program). This mode of governance also promotes experiential and community knowledge, greater participation of community members, and the achievement of our anti-oppressive approach.

We call this iterative approach co-curating: the work of the professional curator as an expert and a facilitator offers a space where the emergence and the confrontation of ideas is possible and where decisions are made in a transversal and inclusive way. From this co-curating relationship with community groups, a common voice emerges from knowledges and experiences of the members of represented sexual and gender communities. Artists, through their artistic testimonials, act as storytellers for these communities to promote empowerment and social justice. The curator's role, as a mediator, is the cornerstone that connects artists, and their work, with communities.

Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee is a decision-making body: it determines the general direction, objectives, and methodology of the project. It aims to ensure that all community partners will benefit from the project.

The Organizing Committee is composed of Professor Maria Nengeh Mensah (School of Social Work, UQAM), representatives of the four community partners (Sandra Wesley of Stella, Marie Houzeau of GRIS-Montreal, Gabrielle Bouchard of the Center for Gender Advocacy, René Légaré and Charlotte Guerlotté of the COCQ-SIDA) and Geneviève Chicoine, Community Service Development Officer (SAC-UQAM). Research assistants also participate in the meetings of the advisory committee - Jamie Wilson Goodyear, Ph.D. student in Arts and Practice Studies and professional curator of the exhibition; Isabelle Robichaud and Laurence Gagnon, students at the School of Social Work.

Advisory Committee (Comité des sages)

To ensure respect of diversity and human dignity, an Advisory Committee has been created. Composed by members from the community partners, the advisory committee's mandate is to reflect on the exhibition's ethical issues. Specifically, the Advisory Committee reflects on and discusses challenges, obstacles, and opportunities encountered in the production and reception of the exhibition.
The members of the Advisory Committee must:

  1. Ensure that the exhibition project brings together and represents a variety of testimonials from sexual and gender communities in an anti-oppressive perspective of inclusion and social change;
  2. Identify emerging challenges related to the exhibition, on personal, social and political levels;
  3. Decision making at each stage of implementation (concept, design, artist selection, production, advertising, audience feedback, short- and middle-term follow-up);
  4. Recommend to the Organizing Committee actions to tackle challenges.