Photo by Madeline Lines.
I'm a public historian, telling stories about relationships, immigration, identity, collective memory, and the role of mapping and the imaginary in history.
I graduated twice from Concordia University with a BFA in Studio Arts and an Italian minor, and a BA in Honours Public History. I've just completed my masters in Public History at Carleton University .
When I make art, I want it to be colourful, intriguing, and inviting. I make interactive art. My art is about imagining and remembering, and sometimes imagining memories. Art continues to be a space in which I have explored themes of memory, nostalgia, identity, and autobiography. My work as a public historian is inspired and informed as much by these explorations as the theories and methodologies of historical work.
In addition to making art and writing essays, I enjoy working with students, promoting interdisciplinarity and creativity in hands-on and interactive education. I'm also a lover of Italian Renaissance literature and art, Dante's poetry, Impressionism, Louise Bourgeois, and Frida Kahlo.
My master's research project was an oral history exhibit focused on the rejection of Italian immigrant children from francophone elementary and secondary schools in post-1945 Montreal, up to the reforms of the late 1960s and early 1970s. After the school board proposed the removal of anglophone and bilingual programs in the East End suburb of Saint-Leonard, the fight for the right to choose one’s language of instruction culminated in a riot on Jean-Talon street in September 1969. My research questions the accepted historical narrative, which suggests that immigrants, including Italian immigrants, chose anglophone schools solely because English was the language of opportunity. In doing so, I will also confront and deconstruct the political, linguistic, and historical assumptions surrounding this event. Further, my work challenges boundaries created by the divisive anglophone vs. francophone narratives that permeate the histories of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. The Yellow Line exhibit was on display at Casa d'Italia in March 2019. Currently, I am teaching history at Dawson College and always looking for opportunities to collaborate and engage in public history work through museums, archives, and organizations that value innovative, interactive, diverse and meaningful projects on history, culture and heritage.
This site chronicles my experiences as an emerging public historian.