International Curator Talk: Darren Pottie

18 October, 2023

Image by Shaelynn Tredenick

Join us on Wednesday 8 November from 5-6 PM, for the visiting international curator talk with Darren Pottie.

Darren joins us to expand negotiations between digital and virtual spaces. With a primary focus in lens-based artwork, he will discuss how to leverage digital tools for exhibition, some of the failures (and successes) he has seen in virtual spaces, the unique consideration of in-person exhibitions, and the role of contemporary craft for image creators. Starting with an overview of his previous work with artists, Darren will lead into discussing strategies, resources and ask broader questions for the audience. This talk builds on his residency research at FSAS which takes a deeper look into the birth of AI-generated imagery, what it can learn from the photographic arts, and how it should be exhibited.

The talk will take place in the project space at FSAS. As spaces are limited, please email to reserve your spot.

Darren Pottie is a Canadian curator and educator working in the intersection between contemporary craft and lens-based media. His work seeks to open space for discussions of lived experiences, virtuality, objecthood and engagement. His recent curatorial research looks to uncover the intimacy and tactile qualities of lens-based media, placing a renewed emphasis on material quality, aesthetic cohesion, and space-considered exhibitions.

Pottie has curated exhibitions on the municipal, provincial and federal level for both indoor, outdoor, and online spaces. Currently he works for the Government of Canada in relation to cultural diplomacy and their fine art collection. He was previously the curator at The SPAO Centre, a critical and independent institution dedicated to photo-based art, as well as the curator at Alcheringa Gallery, which worked closely with Indigenous artists of the Northwest Coast in both critical and commercial exhibitions. Independent projects include working with Portrait Gallery of Canada, Canadian Canoe Museum, and Arts Network Ottawa. He has contributed to several publications and given guest lectures at universities across Canada. He lives on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin nation in Ottawa, Ontario.

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