Afronautic Research Lab

Afronautic Research Lab

Camille Turner

The Afronautic Research Lab invites participants to join the Afronauts' efforts to uncover local and hidden Mississauga histories. The Canadiana Reading Room at the Mississauga Central Library will be transformed into a site for the investigation of Canada's history of anti-blackness.

The space-travelling Afronauts are descendants of the Dogon people of Mali. They left earth 10,000 years ago and have returned to their home planet to save it. Currently, they are confronting Canada's historical amnesia and are calling upon citizen researchers to contemplate 18th century newspaper advertisements posted by Canadian slave owners. The lab will provide the tools for researchers to think about how Mississauga's past informs its present, and how we can move into a better future together.

Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home and belonging. Born in Jamaica and currently based in Toronto, her work combines Afrofuturism and historical research. Her interventions, installations and public engagements have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Camille graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design and York University's Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate. Camille is the 2017 Artist in Residence at the Museums of Mississauga.

Canadiana Reading Room, 3rd floor
Mississauga Central Library

This program is planned in conjunction with Michi Saagiig: History, Story, and Conversation

Thursday, October 18, 7 - 9 PM | Art Gallery of Mississauga

Councillor Cathie Jamieson of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will welcome guests and open the conversation.

Listen, learn and converse with imminent Indigenous historians/storytellers Alan Corbiere (M'Chigeeng Anishinaabek First Nation), Margaret Sault, (Mississauga of the Credit First Nation), Indigenous artists and Guest Curator Raven Davis (Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba) and Bonnie Devine (Serpent River Ojibwa First Nation) as they talk about the history and territory of the people called the Michi Saagiig (the Mississauga)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 5:00pm
Free Event
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