Guest Speaker | Amy Fung
Please join us for a presentation by Amy Fung, art critic and author of "Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being." Please wait outside the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre for doors to open. This event is free and open to all.
"Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being" is the debut collection of creative nonfiction essays by Amy Fung. In it, Fung takes a closer examination at Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national art critic.
Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in participating in ongoing acts of colonial violence, the book as a whole takes the form of a very long land acknowledgement. Taken individually, each piece roots itself in the learning and unlearning process of a first-generation settler immigrant as she unfurls each region’s sense of place and identity.
Amy Fung is a writer and organizer working across intersections of histories and identities. She is currently a Doctoral student at Carleton University and received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Her writings have been commissioned and published by festivals, museums, and publications nationally and internationally. Her first book, "Before I was a Critic, I was a Human Being" addresses Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism and settler colonialism through the lens of a national art critic (Artspeak and Book 2019).