Christine Shaw is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto. Her curatorial programming direction takes a critical stance on social, political, and ecological urgencies, sets out to develop durable visual-cultural literacies, and invites publics to create new encounters in the common struggle for a future. Her commitment to curatorial experimentation, collective cognition, philosophical inquiry, and social resilience has been applied to long-term collaborative projects including Take Care, a yearlong exhibition series curated with Letters & Handshakes and involving over 150 artists, activists, careworkers, curators, and researchers critically engaging the crisis of care (2017–18); I stood before the source, a group exhibition traversing various scenes of accumulation (2016); The Elements of Influence (and a Ghost), a residency, exhibition and performance program on systems of capture and control with Julien Prévieux (2017); The Cage is a Stage, a five-part performance and exhibition project on interspecies relations with Emily Mast at the Blackwood Gallery and Harbourfront Centre Theatre (2016); Migrant Choir, an action by Public Studio (Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky) and Adrian Blackwell with recent migrants to Italy and their supporters at the Venice Biennale (2015), rendering the exclusionary nature of national anthems visible, while asserting rights of citizenship; The Work of Wind, an operatic exhibition in 13 parts for Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2015);  and The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea (2018–20), a curatorial and editorial project series designed to open perspectives on climate change, environmental crisis, and resilience through artistic practices, transdisciplinary inquiry, and political mobilization.

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