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.
My master's research project, The Yellow Line, is an oral history project that was presented as a pop-up exhibit at the Casa d’Italia in March 2019. It puts the stories of six Italo-Canadians growing up in Montréal between 1950 and 1977, my own story growing up in the Italian community twenty years later, and the present in conversation. The project narrators - Angela and Francesca LoDico, Tony Ludovico, Ida Marsillo, Marie Moscato, and Rosa - were all rejected from French Catholic elementary schools in Montreal. The yellow line is a symbol that came from my own experience, in my shared elementary school playground, where a thick yellow line separated the area for the French school across the yard from our English school. This project is about the literal and metaphorical yellow lines their stories of identity and community cross. The 19-minute audio clip, edited from their interviews, played over the speakers, as viewers walked through the co-curated exhibit space, which was divided into 3 sections symbolising the home, the classroom, and the backyard. Our stories, objects, and memories came together in the shared space to tell a multi-generational story of the politics of the personal, through language, education, and belonging.
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, I enjoy working with students, promoting interdisciplinarity, critical thinking, and creativity in hands-on history education.
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.