Public Parking is delighted to announce the writers involved in our editorial residency for 2024. For this program, we aim to work with thinkers who are adjacent to or outside the realm of the arts as part of Public Parking’s ongoing efforts to broaden the scope of ideas we feature and the communities we reach. This project invites guest editors to be residents at Public Parking over an extended 12-month period. Throughout this time they will work with our team to publish a series of either self-written or programmed texts. We are glad to welcome editorial residents eunice bélidor, Tammer El-Sheikh, and Amy Fung.
eunice bélidor is an independent curator, researcher, art critic, and writer. Her practice currently looks at questioning as a methodology for curating; writing as creating curatorial auto theory; and the intersection of letter writing with care, feminism, and racial issues. She holds an MA in Art History with a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies from York University, where she looked at the curating of contemporary Haitian art in international cultural exhibitions after the 2010 earthquake. eunice bélidor won the prestigious Emerging Curator award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2018. She has curated exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the FOFA Gallery, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery and Galerie de l'UQAM. Her writings have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, esse arts + opinion, Espace Art Actuel, and the Journal of Curatorial Studies. She lives and works in Tio'tia:ke also known as Montreal.
Tammer El-Sheikh is Associate Professor of Art History at York University. His scholarly publications have focused on contemporary art in the MENA/SWANA region and its diasporas. His scholarly writing has appeared in Arab Studies Journal and ARTMargins. His most recent essay for ARTMargins is entitled “What Does Art History Have to Say About a Lebanese Sasquatch?: The Body of Decolonial Struggle in Amanda Boulos’s Art.” He teaches widely in the discipline of Art History. In addition to introductory courses in art history and cultural studies, he has led senior undergraduate and graduate-level seminars in postcolonial theory and art history, the art and politics of the Middle East, Islamic art and architecture, art of the 1960s in Europe and North America, art historical methodology, and the history and practice of art criticism. El-Sheikh is the editor of Hybrid Bodies: An Anthology of Writings on Art, Identity, and Intercorporeality (2020), a book comprised of academic essays, personal reflections, and creative writing from researchers and artists involved in an ongoing collaborative art-science project about the experience and culture of heart transplantation. He has written feature articles and reviews for Parachute, C Magazine, ETC Magazine, Canadian Art, Black Flash and MOMUS and longer essays for exhibition catalogues both in Canada and abroad. In the past few years, he has written over thirty reviews of contemporary art exhibitions as a Montreal and Toronto correspondent for the website Akimbo.ca. Recently, he wrote an essay on Berlin-based, Canadian artist Shannon Bool’s monograph Shannon Bool: Bombshell (2019), a review article of the National Gallery of Canada’s international Indigenous art exhibition “Abadakone: Continuous Fire” for Border Crossings (2020), and an exhibition essay entitled “Intergenerational Dialogue and Late Style in the Palestinian Diaspora” on the work of Nour Bishouty for Gallery 44 and SAVAC (2022).
Amy Fung is a writer, critic, and organizer working across intersections of histories and identities. She is currently a Doctoral candidate at the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. With almost twenty years of freelance newspaper and magazine writing experience, her texts have been commissioned and published by festivals, museums, and publications nationally and internationally. She often guest lectures and facilitates writing workshops across the country. Her first book, Before I was a Critic, I was a Human Being addresses Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism and settler colonialism through the lens of a national art critic (Artspeak and Book*hug 2019).
We are thrilled to be sharing the contributions of these editorial residents on this website and via our newsletter over the coming year.