The C Magazine 2021 Artist Project provides an expanded opportunity for artists to explore, experiment, and grow within the specific parameters of the magazine format. Each of the three iterations is curated by a different emerging curator, invited by C Magazine, who commissions a new work, writes the accompanying text, and hosts a public program with the artist. Working with guest curators on the Artist Project grants novel opportunities for curators to begin new working relationships, receive editorial support, gain insight into magazine production, and expand their thinking about the possibilities of print. Spanning the first six and last two pages—effectively bookending each issue—all the projects engage with the issues’ respective themes and encourage each artist to harness the generative tensions inherent in the uniquely public/private nature of the magazine as an object. C Magazine’s Artist Project has long sustained this dedicated space to connect participating artists to readers across Canada and throughout the world, striving to challenge the reader’s expectations of how artworks can come to life on the page as entities unto themselves.
About the curators for the Artist Project:
Information about the curator and artist for the C148 (February 2021) Artist Project is detailed below. The curators and artists for issue 149 (June 2021) and issue 150 (October 2021) will be announced closer to their release dates.
Noor Bhangu is a curator and scholar, whose practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of diaspora and indigeneity in post- and settler-colonial contexts. Her curatorial practice includes projects: Overlapping Violent Histories: A Curatorial Investigation into Difficult Knowledge (2018), womenofcolour@soagallery (2018), Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art (2018), Digitalia (2019), and even the birds are walking (2020). She has participated in numerous curatorial residencies, including Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Praksis in Oslo, and SOMOS in Berlin. In 2018, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York University in Toronto.
About the artists:
Anna Binta Diallo is a Canadian multi-disciplinary visual artist who investigates memory and nostalgia to create unexpected narratives surrounding identity. She was born in Dakar (Senegal, 1983) and raised in Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. She completed her BFA at the University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Arts (2006) and received her MFA from the Transart Institue in Berlin (2013). Her work has been shown nationally including exhibitions in Brandon, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Central and internationally in Finland, Tawian, and Germany. Anna Binta Diallo has been the recipient of multiple grants and honours, notably from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec, and Francofonds. In 2019, Diallo’s work was selected as a shortlisted finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize. She is currently based in Montreal, or Tio’tia:ke, on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka.