Esmé Hogeveen
September 29, 2021, 6pm–7:30pm
Free + virtual program

Writing is an activity often based in solitude. What can be drawn from the writing process and all of its complexities when we open it up to a group discussion? In tandem with Union Gallery’s curatorial series What are you reading? and alongside Nurielle Stern and Nicholas Crombach's collaborative exhibition Whale Fall, we are thrilled to host a public discussion with Tkaronto/Toronto-based writer and editor, Esmé Hogeveen. This talk will reflect Esmé’s thoughts on cultivating an independent writing practice and some of the delights, challenges and compromises germane to contemporary art writing and publishing. Curiosity and question-asking are at the forefront of Esmé’s practice. Looking to engage students and emerging art writers, she will also propose strategies for developing dynamic research questions that can inform seeing and thinking about art, querying one’s own perspective, and then potentially pitching and writing for different audiences.

A recording and transcript of the event will be posted and available soon. Special thanks to the Provost's Promotion of the Arts at Queen's University for supporting this program associated with Whale Fall through the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund.

Image: Nicholas Crombach and Nurielle Stern, Whale Fall (detail), 2019 | Photo: Mike Patten

Suggested Readings:

  • Esmé Hogeveen, “Ripples and Divinations: Whale Fall as Immersive Cabinet of Curiosities,” Catalogue Essay, Whale Fall: Nurielle Stern and Nicholas Crombach, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 2019
  • Esmé Hogeveen and Emma Sharpe, co-editors, “Tell Us What You Really Think: A Survey on the Landscape of Canadian Art Criticism,” C Magazine, Issue 145, 2020
  • Esmé Hogeveen, “Going Medieval on Your Gram,” The Baffler, February 2, 2021

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    Esmé Hogeveen

    Esmé is a writer and editor based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She is a staff writer at Another Gaze and a Film and ArtSeen contributor at The Brooklyn Rail. Her writing on art, film, culture, and aesthetics has appeared in Artforum, Bookforum, The Baffler, BOMB, Frieze, Hazlitt, Hyperallergic, GARAGE, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Texte zur Kunst, cléo film journal, and The LA Review of Books, among others. She holds a MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a lapsed PhD candidate.