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Imaging a sense of place and community

Welcome to my site

  On this site, I will present part of the process of my Ph.D. research. My study examines Socially Engaged Art (SEA) interventions through Art-Based Action Research (ABAR) as a strategy for building a sense of place and community. I will invite selected members of the community to imagine alternative futures.  Using ABAR, I will implement three interventions in my new home: Griffintown, Montreal. Building from SEA, built environment pedagogies and a Futures Studies framework, my research will contribute to the knowledge of the Griffintown community and urban pedagogies.

Who am I?

  I am an artist and researcher who deeply believe in the new ways of connecting, in the solidarity of the networks of knowledge, creativity and art that are showing a new face of our specie.

  I see myself as part of not just a result of a country crisis but a global and timeless question of belonging, identities, and territories. I thought about my origins and identity, and living in Montreal, I also was confronted with migrants from all over the world, in many cases finding connections with them or learning other points of view and cultures.

  I think migrancy and identity are an important part of my positionality. Without planning, all my world changed because of the migration, or in my case, exile. I found myself immersed as Aian Chambers, defines: “An impossible homecoming”: “The author also argued about the fiction of identity and how identity is formed on the move: “Such a journey is open and incomplete; it involves a continual fabulation, an invention, a construction, in which there is no fixed identity or final destination.” (p.25). As I find myself on this journey, my conceptual inquiry and making meaning of the place and the community is part of the global phenomenon of migration and displacement.

  I hope to invite more people to learn and enjoy this “uncanny displacement and ambiguity", mending ourselves, building communities, repairing the world.

Elsy Zavarce

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Community photography workshop

FIRST INTERVENTION.

November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2022

Socially Engaged Art interventions through Art-Based Action Research (ABAR):
Imaging a sense of place and community


 
SHARE, CARE  CREATE, PRESENT,
PERFORM, TRANSFORM 

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Urban Mapping and reclaiming the city.

SECOND INTERVENTION.

First session Saturday, May 13, May 14 venue: Fonderie Darling Place public.

What we do

DISRUPTION / DISRUPTION
OPEN ART/ Design Call  _Deadline: 5, Nov.  2023_

THIRD INTERVENTION

SUMMER 2023

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MAKING MEANING 

Urban imaginaries: We are envisioning alternative futures ...

UPDATES

FUTURE

I'm working in  my third itineration. 

DISRUPTION /DISRUPTION

OPEN ART/ Design Call  _Deadline: 5, Nov.  2023_

more  news coming up 

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