Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective (2009-present)

Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective grounded in a commitment to pushing the boundaries of anthropological scholarship and contemporary art through interdisciplinary exhibitions. Since 2009 we have been curating group exhibitions and projects in major North American cities. These projects demonstrate how contemporary artists, anthropologists, and institutions are engaging with ethnographic methodologies and art. The majority of the exhibitions have been mounted as ‘para-sites’ or ‘off-site installations’ to the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. They have facilitated and championed works that explore new media, new locations, and new methods in anthropology and cultural studies. The collective has worked with more than 140 artists and anthropologists to date, generating ongoing creative collaboration between anthropological researchers and practicing artists. The exhibitions and the works in them have been widely reviewed and publicized in both discipline-specific journals and the popular press. In 2015, the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective were honoured to be awarded the American Anthropological Association Council for Museum Anthropology’s Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology.

The Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (ETC) functions as a leaderless cooperative.  They make decisions on a consensus basis and share duties and obligations equally.  Where possible they curate, write, and make things together.  While each maintain their own individual research, art, and curatorial programs, the ETC aims to operate with a collective voice.

Founding Members (alphabetical order):

Craig Campbell, Kate Hennessy, Fiona P. McDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith, Stephanie Takaragawa