Dr. Julie Nagam
Dr. Julie Nagam (Métis/German/Syrian) is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media and the former Research Chair of Indigenous Arts of North America which was a joint position with the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Dr. Nagam is an Associate Professor in the department of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She is the inaugural Artistic Director for 2020/21 for Nuit Blanche Toronto, the largest public exhibition in North America. Dr. Nagam's SSHRC research includes digital makerspaces + incubators, mentorship, digital media + design, international collaborations and place-based knowledge. Current SSHRC funded projects include The Transactive Memory Keepers: Indigenous Public Engagement in Digital and New Media Labs and Exhibitions, Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq Project; Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Canada's Moving Image Heritage and The Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Dr. Nagam hosted and organized, The Future is Indigenous (http://abtec.org/iif/symposia/3rd-annual-symposium/) and the International Indigenous curators exchange with Australia, Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Finland. She has published extensively in the area of Indigenous visual culture, methodologies, performance, digital and new media. She has curated and exhibited in ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Nagam has curated public art installations at The Forks in Winnipeg. As a scholar and artist she is interested in revealing the ontology of land, which contains memory, knowledge and living histories. Her artwork where white pines lay over the water, was shown in, Toronto, Ontario, San Paulo, Brazil, Lyon, France, Wellington, New Zealand. Her installation singing our bones home, was shown in Markham, in London, England and in Winnipeg. Nagam created a new public artwork, Electrical Currents for Winnipeg Arts Council 2018, was commissioned to create Manitowapow, speaking to the moon, for Nuit Blanche in Toronto Canada in 2017, the future is in the land if you listen to it for the Smithsonian’s exhibition Transformers in New York, USA, 2017-18, the future is in the land was her solo exhibition at Aspace in Toronto, Canada 2018 and a solo exhibition locating the little heartbeats at Gallery C103, Winnipeg (2019) and Te Whare Hara in Wellington, NZ. New commissioned artwork for London Museum, ON, Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, MB and The Dowse in Wellington, NZ. Dr. Nagam was the Concordia University and Massey University Scholar in Residence for 2018/19, and is the University of Sydney Fellow for 2022. Dr. Nagam’s scholarship, curatorial and artistic practice has been featured nationally and internationally. She is building an Indigenous Research Centre of Collaborative and Aabijijiwan Digital Media Lab in Winnipeg, Canada.