Belonging to Place

A series of curated podcast episodes with interviews and discussions revolving around a geographic thematic. Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam dialogues with artists, cultural producers and scholars to unearth different artistic practices and their relation to the rich history of rivers, oceans, mountains and forests as content and metaphor.

The second season of Belonging to Place will become available later in 2022 and will delve into upcoming projects presented at this year’s Nuit Blanche. Listen to the first season of Belonging to Place via links below.


A home for our migrations will ground you within the sense of place that has transformed over time to which is rooted in Indigenous stories of place. With over three million people living in the city of Toronto with little knowledge of Indigenous contributions to its living history. This first podcast episode will explore concepts of home and history with artists Duke Redbird, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Shelley Niro and Michael Belmore.

Listen to Episode 1

Artwork by Dr. Jolene Ricard
“Gayogo̱hó:nǫ Return” by Dr. Jolene Ricard

Unsettling place will unpack ideas of colonialism and slavery as the grounding foundation of the creation of cities with critical thinkers Dr. Ngarino Ellis, Dr. Jolene Rickard, Odario Williams and Dr. Natasha Henry. Public art can memorialize narratives and each city has its own histories of development and ways of knowing these contentious histories of space and place.

Listen to Episode 2

“Monumental” by Amrita Hepi
“Monumental” by Amrita Hepi

Memory and belonging will explore the waves of people connecting to new homes and the creative interventions that allow for people to communicate their own sense of place. Telling their stories through their own perspectives and lived experiences. With artists Caroline Monnet, Yung Yemi (Adeyemi Adegbesan), Julien Christian Lutz professionally known as Director X, Amrita Hepi and Rah.

Listen to Episode 3

Transatlantic VR art project by Caroline Monnet
“Transatlantic” by Caroline Monnet

Transmissions will open up lines of communication and movements through tensions that appear when the status quo is overturned, and how such ruptures can be a catalyst for difficult dialogues and changing our community with the creation of culture-based knowledge for generations to come. Collaboration and allyship will be explored with arts leaders and artists Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, Ravi Jain, Liisa-Rávná Finbog, Mark Stoddart and Noor Bhangu.

Listen to Episode 4

Te Rawheoro art project
“Te Rawheoro” by Kaaterina Kerekere

Mark making will map out street art, tagging, and architectural interventions that push against the structures that dominate our daily interactions with the cityscape. Artists through their practices transform public space and in doing so confront the tensions between the built environment, humans, and gentrification. This episode will feature discussions with artists  Phil Cote, eL Seed, Dr. Eduardo Aquino, Kaaterina Kerekere and Dr. Serena Keshavjee.

Listen to Episode 5

Photo of art project called "Kagisaaluq" by
“Kagisaaluq” by Maureen Grueben

Across ice flows and oceans will connect us to water as a route to new places and relationships that are built within collaborative creative exchanges. The environment of experiencing the ebbs of flow of the ocean reminds us of the importance of communication and connection. Participating artists include Mana Moana (Rachael Rakena and Michael Bridgeman), Jerry Evans, Dr. Léuli Eshrāghi and Maureen Grueben.

Listen to Episode 6

Artowrk by Whyishnave Suthagar
“Primaveral” by Whyishnave Suthagar

Growth and transformation will delve into the rapid pace of change and growing infrastructure within urban spaces. The crisis of the built physical environment and the challenge of planning for a city that continues to grow and shift. This increase in people poses new opportunities for connection, and the creation of new narratives that are transforming cityscapes. Artists include Camille Turner, Joi Arcand, Whyishnave Suthagar and Haviah Mighty.

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“Tāne” by Rachael Rakena
“Tāne” by Rachael Rakena

This episode will uncover the importance of decentering individualism and working towards collective actions that can create radical change in our institutions and structures through collaborations. Reflecting on new models of working we explore shared dialogues with curators and artists Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Kablusiak, Dr. Heather Iglolorite, Asinnajaq, Randell Adjei and Michelle De Lyon.

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"Skin Deep" art project by Nuit Blanche artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong
“Skin Deep” by Chun Hua Catherine Dong

Remixes and vibrations will look at the transformation of media with sound, visual and screen-based formats. As our world rapidly shifts towards new and digital media, the screen is continuously within our reach. Conversations with Alan Greyeyes, Dr. Carla Taunton, Chun Hua Catherine Dong and Dr. Johnson Witehira investigate new movements in music, photography, VR, AR, and AI.

Listen to Episode 9

Mana Moana art project for Nuit Blanche
“Mana Moana” curated by Rachael Rakena and Mike Bridgman

Moving through water will map out major rivers, lakes and trade routes that define the geographic boundaries instead of the urban grid system that generally defines them. Beginning in the heart of Turtle Island and moving across the Pacific Ocean to understand the way people navigate through space, exploring ideas of displacement and disruption through the social, cultural, and architectural evolution of the cities. With artists and critical thinkers Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, Sun K. Kwak, Natalie Robertson, and Jean Marshall.

Listen to Episode 10

Belonging To Place Podcast Credits

Dr. Julie Nagam – Executive Producer and Host

Chris Penrose – Producer

Martín Anxxon – Editor and Sound Design

Joel Mierau – Sound Engineer

Nabil Shash – Designer

Noor Bhangu – Research Assistant

Alicia Roberts – Associate Producer

Josiah Joseph – Transcript Editor

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