Sandra Evoughlian, Joana Joachim, & Victoria Lessard

Sandra Evoughlian is currently completing her MA in Art History at McGill University. Her thesis research focuses on nineteenth-century portraits of black middle-class sitters within the Notman Photographic Archives. Interested in questions around collective memory and co-creation, she has experience in public programming, including prior roles as an adult programs assistant at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and a lecture series coordinator at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. She has also worked as a curatorial assistant for two exhibitions of local institutional collections at McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton.

Joana Joachim completed her M.A. in Museology and is currently pursuing a PhD in in the department of Art History and Communication Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University. Her curatorial practise is focused on centering the narratives of Black Canadian women. The projects Ms. Joachim has collaborated on such as “[Dis]Identifications: Challenging Dominant Narratives of Black People in Canada” aim to counter the ongoing erasures that BIPOC artists, curators and museums workers face in cultural institutions.

Victoria Lessard is an MA student in Art History at McGill University. She is currently studying the constructions of race, gender, and sexuality in the cover art of historical romance novels of the late twentieth-century, specifically novels that feature pairings between Indigenous men and white women. She is also examining the relationships these covers share, visually and textually, with nineteenth-century artworks that depict “captivity narratives.” She has worked as a Research Intern for Maisonneuve magazine, the Culture Editor of The McGill Daily, and a Curatorial Intern at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.