Unsettling Canadian Art: A Graduate Student Observation & Discussion Board

As part of the larger project, the posts below are created by graduate students working in conjunction with the Pioneer Lies and Propertied Lives project. We provide our own analysis of images found in the site Gallery. How each writer interprets these images is the product of their own academic training and demonstrates the ways in which various methodologies can approach topics of settler colonialism in the context of visual art and material culture.

Contributors to this discussion board have been asked to frame their posts by three key questions in their analysis of a specific image.

  • Who created this image?
  • Why was this image created?
  • Who is left out and why?

Contributors write about what they think about when they view the images, and provide others a new lens through which to approach them.