Robin Alex McDonald (b. 1988, Georgetown, ON) is a writer, independent curator, faculty member in the Fine and Visual Arts department at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario (Robertson-Huron treaty territory and traditional territories of the Nipissing First Nation) and PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario (traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.) Robin’s academic and artistic interests span 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.”
Robin is a co-founder of Minor Hockey Curatorial Collective (with Alex Rondeau), Turbines Curatorial Collective, and Chipped Off Performance Collective and has worked with the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Artery Gallery, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Queen’s Positive Space Program for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the ArQuives Curatorial Committee (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Curatorial Committee.) They currently serve on the board of directors at White Water Gallery in North Bay, Ontario.
Robin’s writing has recently been published in Literature and Medicine, TheatreForum, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, n.paradoxa, nomorepotlucks, Spiffy Moves, Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine (with Elly Clarke, Amanda Turner-Pohan, and Michelle Ty), Syphon, the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences (with Dan Vena), and the edited anthology Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal (with Dan Vena). In 2019, they edited a special issue of Syphon on the topic of incarceration in Kingston, Ontario, and visual cultures of prison abolition activism in Canada.
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