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; 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 queer and/or trans artists.

Robin is a co-founder of Minor Hockey Curatorial Collective (with Alexander Rondeau) and a member of the Hysterics Collective (with Carina Magazzeni, Lindsay Rodgers, and Rachel Williamson.)

robinamcdonald [at] gmail [dot] com

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