Dr. Julie Nagam is the Nuit Blanche artistic director for the 2020 and 2022 events. Portrait of Dr. Julie Nagam

She is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media and is an Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Nagam’s SSHRC research includes digital makerspaces + incubators, mentorship, digital media + 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. Dr. Nagam is the Director of Aabijijiwan New Media Lab and Co-Director of Kishadigeh Collaborative Research Centre in Winnipeg and her scholarship, curatorial and artistic practice have been featured nationally and internationally.

People are the heart of their communities and this curatorial theme will focus on the connections across urban, polar and Pacific landscapes revealing the space between us as a potential site for sharing knowledge. People have always commingled with different communities and nations – to build new spaces and families, shifting their relationships and connections to each other and to place.

People disrupt and transform space which make connections that are meaningful with communities and place. The global crisis of displacing people brings communities together to stand up for humanity and support each other, now more than ever. It reminds us of our willingness to connect when our future is linked to the collaboration between cultures, knowledge, nations and practices.

This curatorial theme invites artists to build bridges between cultures, communities, and the environment. To transform the city by telling your stories about the connection to place.