Collaboration – Exhibition – Research: CEREV at Encuentro 2014

Collaboration – Exhibition – Research
June 22-27, 2014
CEREV Exhibition Lab
Room LB-671.00
J.W. McConnell Library Building, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1M8

CEREV is pleased to host a work group as part of the Hemispheric Institute’s 2014 Encuentro, MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas. The week-long session in our Exhibition Lab is convened by Monica Patterson, our Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

Click through to visit the work group’s mini-page.


“Collaboration – Exhibition – Research” will explore possibilities for creating more dynamic, democratic, and participatory spaces of public encounter and emergence within and around exhibits—creatively (re)conceived. This approach engages public participants in co-creation and dialogue around locally situated (but potentially trans-locally networked) exhibits, using the special facilities provided by Concordia University’s CEREV digital Exhibition Lab.

As Cory Kratz has noted, exhibits are “a process, a product, and an event.” As manifestations of representation, experience, and expression, exhibits operate simultaneously in multiple registers. Collaborative, community-engaged curation produces new forms of knowledge, breaking from the “scholar/curator as expert” model to recognize and engage with the expertise that subjects have about themselves. As sites of encounter, exhibits can also be prompts that trigger reflection, discussion, and debate. But the knowledge that exhibits evoke is rarely recognized or recorded by scholars and museum practitioners. How can we better document—as research—what happens in these social spaces? Specifically, how might exhibits—broadly construed—engage with past violence and contemporary injustice to address suffering and inequality in contemporary societies?

A primary goal of this workgroup is to create a community of curators, scholars, activists, practitioners, and community members who can support one another’s efforts in exploring the potential of collaborative exhibits to address historical violence and socioeconomic inequality as a form of new knowledge production.


Our task will be threefold: to collaboratively produce a sourcebook of pertinent curatorial examples, to workshop one another’s (potential) exhibit projects, and to build a lasting community whose members will continue to collaborate and engage with one another in the years to come.

For more information, visit the work group’s page on the Encuentro 2014 website.

The CEREV Exhibition Lab is located on the 6th floor of the Library (LB) Building in Concordia’s downtown (SGW) campus. Once inside the Library Building, take the elevators next to the Bookstore up to the 6th floor and follow the signs to room 671.00.

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence