Cross-Border Dialogues: Bana Kattan and Vicky Moufawad-Paul

Cross-Border Dialogues
Bana Kattan and Vicky Moufawad-Paul, moderated by Nasrin Himada

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 6:30 – 8 pm EDT
Free | Online | Zoom
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Join us on Thursday, June 6, at 6:30pm, for the next iteration of Cross-Border Dialogues, a series organized by Sally Frater, featuring curators Vicky Moufawad-Paul (Curator/Director, A Space Gallery, Toronto) and Bana Kattan (Pamela Alper Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), moderated by Nasrin Himada (Associate Curator, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston).

Cross-Border Dialogues is a series of conversations between arts programmers based in Canada and the United States, addressing a range of topics including the philosophies that inform their work, their methods for engagement, and the role of pedagogy and community outreach in their respective practices. This session will see Himada moderate a conversation between Moufawad-Paul and Kattan that explores the ways in which their shared and separate interests in diaspora, place, memory, and text informs their curatorial practices.

Cross-Border Dialogues is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation.


Bana Kattan is a researcher and curator with experience working in the Arab world and United States. She is currently the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). Prior to her time at the MCA, she was the Curator at the New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, and Researcher to Arab Art Historian Salwa Mikdadi. She received her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and is a recipient of the Barjeel Global Fellowship (2018-2019) and the Getty-CAA International Program Grants (2015).

Vicky Moufawad-Paul (she/her) is a Toronto based curator and writer. She is the Director and Curator at A Space Gallery. She has curated exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Carlton University Art Gallery, Gallery 101, MAI: Montreal arts interculturels, Latitude 53, Museum London, McIntosh Gallery, Contact Photography Festival, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, A Space Gallery, and 16 Beaver. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in Film and Video from York University. Moufawad-Paul has published texts on several artists including Harun Farocki, James Luna, Emily Jacir, Wafaa Bilal, Taysir Batniji, Paul Dennis Miller, Deirdre Logue, Mohammed Mohsen, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Basil AlZeri, Erica Lord, John Halak, Rehab Nazzal, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Akram Zaatari, and Yto Barrada.

Nasrin Himada is a Palestinian curator and writer. Their practice is heavily influenced by their long-term friendships and by their many on-going collaborations with artists, filmmakers, and poets. Nasrin’s recent project, For Many Returns, experiments with writing as an act dictated by love, and typifies their current curatorial interests, which foreground embodiment, desire, transformation, and liberation through many forms. Nasrin currently holds the position of Associate Curator at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University in Kingston (ON).


To register for upcoming conversations and view recordings of past discussions, visit: Cross-Border Dialogues online >

Coming up:

Tarah Hogue (Adjunct Curator, Indigenous Art, Remai Modern, Saskatoon) and Pablo Barrera (Adjunct Curator, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma). Moderator: Sally Frater (Senior Curator, Remai Modern, Saskatoon)
Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 pm EDT on zoom
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Images (left to right): Bana Kattan, photo credit: Maria Ponce; Vicky Moufawad-Paul; and Nasrin Himada.

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