Dr. Julie Nagam is the Nuit Blanche artistic director for the 2020 and 2021 events. The two-year curatorial theme for Nuit Blanche, “The Space Between Us”, focuses on the connections across urban, polar and pacific landscapes revealing the space between us as a potential site for sharing knowledges. As part of the Year of Public Art for 2021, Nuit Blanche will expand city-wide.

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. It reminds us of our willingness to connect when our future is linked to the collaboration between cultures, knowledges, nations, and practices.

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 knowledges. People have always comingled with different communities and nations – to build new spaces and families, shifting their relationships and connections to each other and to place.

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.

Dr. Julie Nagam is Canadian 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 building an Indigenous Research Centre Aabijijiwan: The Collaborative New Media Lab in Winnipeg, Canada and her scholarship, curatorial and artistic practice has been featured nationally and internationally.

Nuit Blanche will take place in neighbourhoods across the city, including:

  • Scarborough
  • Don Mills
  • Bloor-Yorkville
  • Downtown
  • West Queen West
  • Sterling Road
  • North York
  • South-Etobicoke

These exhibitions will bring together neighbourhoods of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by leaving the grid infrastructure in order to map out the city through its ravines and trade routes.

These waterways and routes connect to existing green space (parks and recreation locations) in the city, foregrounding the water system and confronting viewers with knowledge of the history of this space. Thus, the exhibitions situate themselves outside of the familiar grid and instead move through the organic flows of ravines and trails, shifting the way the Nuit Blanche exhibition is mapped out with the goal of engaging all areas of the GTA.