Dr. Julie Nagam (Metis/German/Syrian) is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media and is an Associate Professor in the department of Art History at the University of Winnipeg. She was the former Chair of the History of Indigenous Arts of North America, a joint appointment with the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Dr. Nagam’s SSHRC research includes digital maker spaces and incubators, mentorship, digital media and design, international collaborations and place-based knowledge. She is a collective member of GLAM, which works on curatorial activism, Indigenous methodologies, public art, digital technologies, and engagement with place.
As a scholar and artist she is interested in revealing the ontology of land, which contains memory, knowledge and living histories. Dr. Nagam hosted and organized The Future is Indigenous and the International Indigenous Curators’ Exchange with Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and Finland. She is co-editor of Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice and Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital, a special issue of PUBLIC journal. Dr. Nagam was commissioned to create Manitowapow, speaking to the moon for Nuit Blanche in Toronto (2017) and a digital installation the future is in the land if you listen to it for the Smithsonian’s exhibition Transformer in New York (2017-2018).
She created a new public artwork, Electrical Currents in 2018, and has recently had two solo exhibitions, the future is in the land (2018) at Aspace Gallery and locating the little heartbeats at Gallery 1C03 (2019). Dr. Nagam is the Concordia University and Massey University Scholar in Residence for 2018-2019, and is building an Indigenous Research Centre of Collaborative and Digital Media Labs in Winnipeg, Canada.