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

Following Esmé’s presentation, there will be dedicated time for a group conversation and questions. This public program will be hosted on Zoom with live captions. A recording and transcript will be available post-event.

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


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.