Robin Alex McDonald (b. 1988, Treaty 19/Traditional Territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabe, Attiwonderon, and Huron-Wendat/Georgetown, ON) is an academic, independent curator and arts writer. They are currently a part-time faculty member in the Fine and Visual Arts department at Nipissing University in North Bay, an instructor in the Visual and Critical Studies program at OCAD University in Tkaronto/Toronto, and a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario.
Robin’s research spans modern and contemporary art and visual culture studies; the intersections of art and activism; queer, feminist, and trans theories; museum studies and alternative curatorial methodologies; affect theory; madness and disability studies; and theories of love, collectivity, and “the social.” Their SSHRC-funded doctoral dissertation investigates representations of depression in contemporary art by LGBTQ2S artists.
Robin is a co-founder of Minor Hockey Curatorial Collective (with Alexander Rondeau), Turbines Curatorial Collective (with Pansee Atta, Gabriel Cheung, Evelyn Dunsford, and Katharine Kyle Vingoe-Kram), Chipped Off Performance Collective (with Kim Renders and Dan Vena) and the Queen’s Queer Art and Cinema Club (with Dan Vena.) Additionally, they have worked with the ArQuives Curatorial Committee (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Curatorial Committee), Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Artery Gallery, the Queen’s Positive Space Program for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the White Water Gallery.
Robin’s writing has been published in Literature and Medicine, TheatreForum, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences (with Dan Vena), n.paradoxa, nomorepotlucks, Spiffy Moves, Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine (with Elly Clarke, Amanda Turner-Pohan, and Michelle Ty), Syphon, and the edited anthology Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal (with Dan Vena.) In 2019, Robin edited a special issue of Syphon on the topic of incarceration in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario and visual cultures of prison abolition activism in Canada.
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