Praxes of Care: Attention | Bonnie Devine & Luis Jacob

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In Honour of Andrew Levitt, celebrating the legacy of a Professor Emeritus dedicated to teaching on care, and with care.

Please join us for Delineating nation state capital, the final of five conversations on the theme of attention, with speakers Bonnie Devine, Artist and Associate Professor Emerita OCAD University, and Luis Jacob, Visiting Professor, University of Toronto. Their short presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by David Fortin, McEwen School of Architecture, and Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo.


Bonnie Devine is an installation artist, video maker, curator, writer, and educator. Using cross disciplinary iterations of written, visual, and performative practice, Devine explores issues of land, environment, treaty, history, and narrative. Though formally educated in fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, Devine’s most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were Anishinaabe trappers on the Canadian Shield in northern Ontario.

Devine’s installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Europe, Russia, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing. Recent public acknowledgements of Devine’s practice include a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2021, and an Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Award and OCAD University’s Distinguished Research and Creative Practice Award in 2019. An Associate Professor Emerita and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University, Devine maintains an active art practice and serves on several cultural boards and councils in the United States and Canada. She is based in Toronto.

Luis Jacob is a Peruvian-born, Toronto-based artist whose work destabilizes viewing conventions and invites collisions of meaning. Since his participation in documenta12 in 2007, he has achieved an international reputation — with exhibitions at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany; and the Toronto Biennial of Art (all 2019); La Biennale de Montréal (2016); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2015); Taipei Biennial (2012); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Hamburg Kunstverein and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (both 2008