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Reading List: RELATIONS

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The Education and Curatorial teams of the PHI Foundation have compiled a non-exhaustive bibliography with some of the material that inspired and informed our research for RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting. This list includes academic essays, seminal books on diaspora studies, poetry, fiction, and more. We hope that these multiple perspectives will allow you to reflect on our exhibition, as well as on diasporic experiences.


Anzaldúa, G. (1987). Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Spinsters/Aunt Lute.

Baldwin, J. (1983). Notes of a Native Son. Second edition. New York: Beacon.
Baldwin, J. (2019). Chroniques d’un enfant du pays. Traduit par Marie Darrieussecq. Paris: Gallimard.

Brah, A. (1996). Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities. London: Routledge.

Brand, D. (2011). A Map to the Door of No Return. New York: Random House.

Brubaker, R. (2005). “The 'diaspora' diaspora”. Ethnic and Racial Studies: 28, 1, 1-19.

Césaire, A. (2014). Cahier d’un retour au pays natal. Paris: PUF.
Césaire, A. (2017). Journal of a Homecoming ⁄ Cahier d′un retour au pays natal. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Clifford, J. (1999). Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press.

Coates, T-N. (2015). Between the World and Me. First edition. New York: Spiegel & Grau.
Coates, T-N. (2016). Une colère noire. Lettre à mon fils. Traduit par Thomas Chaumont. Paris: Autrement. 

Coleman, D. (2016). “Indigenous place and diaspora space: of literalism and abstraction”. Settler Colonial Studies, 6: 1, pp. 61-76.

Ely, K. (2018). “Against Cultural Appropriation”. Black Box Teater 0. Oslo: Black Box Teater (pp. 25-36).

Fanon, F. (1952). Peau noire. Masques blancs. Paris: les Éditions du Seuil.
Fanon, F. (1967). Black Skin. White Masks. New York: Groove Press. 

Gilroy, P. (1995). The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Boston: Harvard University Press.
Gilroy, P (2010). L’Atlantique noir: Modernité et double conscience. Paris: Amsterdam. 

Glissant, E. (2009). Philosophie de la relation. Paris: Gallimard.
Glissant, E (1997). Poetics of Relations. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Hall, S. (1994). “Cultural identity and diaspora”. In P. Williams, L. Chrisman (Eds.), Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader (pp. 392-403). New York: Columbia University Press.
Hall, S. (1997). Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: SAGE Publications.

Hall, S. (2007), Identités et cultures. Politiques des Cultural Studies, Maxime Cervulle (Ed), Traduit par Christophe Jaquet, Paris: Amsterdam.

hooks, b. (2014). Black Looks: Race and Representation. London: Routledge.

hooks, b. (2001). All About Love: New Visions. New York: Perennial.

Lorde, A. (1984). Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing Press.
Lorde, A. (2003). Sister Outsider. Essais et propos d’Audre Lorde. Sur la poésie, l’érotisme, le racisme, le sexisme… Textes traduits par Magali C. Calise ainsi que Grazia Gonik, Marième Hélie-Lucas et Hélène Pour (2003). Lausanne: Mamamélis, Laval: Éditions Trois.

Maynard, R. (2017). Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. Black Point and Winnipeg: Fernwood.
Maynard, R. (2018). NoirEs sous surveillance: Esclavage, répression et violence d’État au Canada. Montréal: Mémoire d’encrier.

Memmi, A. (2004). Portrait du décolonisé arabo-musulman et de quelques autres. Paris: Gallimard
Memmi, A. (2006). Decolonization and the Decolonized. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press.

Mignolo, W. D., Walsh, C. (2018). On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Minh-Ha, T.T. (2001). Bold Omissions and Minute Depictions. In K.K. Bhavnani (Ed.), Feminism and "Race". Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mirzoeff, N. (2000). Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews. New York : Routledge.

Morrison, T. (2019). La source de l'amour-propre. Traduit par Christine LaferrièreParis: Christian Bourgois.
Morrison, T. (2019). The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. New York: Knopf.

Moura, S. (2019). “The dilemmas of African diaspora in the global art discourse”. Artl@s Bulletin: 8, 2, 36-43.

Park Hong, C. (2020). Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. London: Oneworld.

Patton, C. and B. Sánchez-Eppler (eds.) (2000). Queer Diasporas. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Safran, W. (1991). “Diasporas in Modern Societies: Myths of Homeland and Return.” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 1, no. 1: 83–99.

Smithers, G. and B. Newman (2014). Native Diasporas. Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press.

Spivak. G. (2010). “Can the Subaltern Speak?”. In R. C. Morris (ed), Can the Subaltern Speak?: Reflections on the History of an Idea. New York: Columbia University Press.

Tölölyan, K. (2018). “Diaspora studies: Past, present and promise”. In R. Cohen, C. Fisher (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies (pp. 22-30). New York: Routledge.

Wesling, M. (2008). “Why Queer Diaspora?”. Feminist Review 90: 1, pp. 30-47.

Yosso, T. J. (2017). "Whose Culture Has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth.” In Dixson, A. D., Anderson, C. R., & Donner, J. K. (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song (Second ed.). (pp. 113-136). New York: Routledge.

Yuck, E., K. Wayne Yang. (2012). “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor.” Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1, 1, 1-40.


Acevedo, E. (2020). Clap When You Land. New York: HarperCollins.

Adichie, C. (2013). Americanah. New York: Knopf.
Adichie, C. (2016). Americanah. Paris: Gallimard.

Alameddine, R. (2009). The Hakawati. New York: Random House.

Betasamosake Simpson, L. (2013). Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories and Songs. Winnipeg: ARP Books.
Betasamosake Simpson, L. (2018). Cartographie de l’amour décolonial. Montréal: Mémoire d’encrier.

Butler, O. E. (2003). Kindred. Boston: Beacon.
Butler, O. E. (2000). Liens de sang. Paris: Dapper.

Butler, O. E. (2005). Bloodchild and Other Stories. New York: Random House.

Castillo, E. (2018). America Is Not the Heart. New York: Viking.

Djavadi, N. (2016). Désorientale. Paris: Liana Levi Piccolo.
Djavadi, N. (2018). Disoriental. New York: Europa. 

El-Ghadban, Y. (2011). L’ombre de l’olivier. Montréal: Mémoire d’encrier.

Evaristo, B. (2019). Girl, Woman, Other. New York: Hamish Hamilton Ltd.

Gomez, Jewelle L. (1991). The Gilda Stories. Ithaca: Firebrand Books.

Kincaid, J. (1991). Lucy. New York: Plume.
Kincaid, J. (1999). Lucy. Paris: Albin Michel.

Kureishi, H. (1990). The Buddha of Suburbia. New York: Penguin.
Kureishi, H. (2000). Le Bouddha de banlieue. Paris: Union générale d’éditions.

Laferrière, D. (2009). L'énigme du retour. Montréal: Les éditions du Boréal.
Laferrière, D. (2018). The Enigma of the Return. London: MacLehose.

Morrison, T. (1987). Beloved. New York: Plume.
Morrison, T. (1989). Beloved. Paris: Belfond. 

Morrison, T. (1987). Song of Solomon. New York: Plume.
Morrison, T. (1985). La chanson de Salomon. Paris: Belfond.

Morrison, T. (1987). The Bluest Eye. New York: Plume.
Morrison, T. (1994). L’œil le plus bleu. Paris: Belfond.

Naqvi, HM. (2010). Home Boy. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Smith, Z. (2016). Swing Time. New York: Random House.

Tagaq, T. (2018). Croc fendu. Montréal: Alto.
Tagaq, T. (2018). Split Tooth. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada. 

Vuong, O. (2019). On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. New York: Penguin Press.

Yamashita, K. T. (2017). Tropic of Orange. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press.


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Marc Quinn

October 5 January 6, 2008

Gathering over forty recent works, DHC/ART’s inaugural exhibition by conceptual artist Marc Quinn is the largest ever mounted in North America and the artist’s first solo show in Canada

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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February 22 May 25, 2008

Six artists present works that in some way critically re-stage films, media spectacles, popular culture and, in one case, private moments of daily life

Exhibition Contemporary Art


Sophie Calle: Take Care of Yourself

July 4 October 19, 2008

This poetic and often touching project speaks to us all about our relation to the loved one

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Christian Marclay: Replay

November 30 March 29, 2009

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present the North American premiere of Christian Marclay’s Replay, a major exhibition gathering works in video by the internationally acclaimed artist

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Michal Rovner: Particles of Reality

May 21 September 27, 2009

DHC/ART is pleased to present Particles of Reality, the first solo exhibition in Canada of the celebrated Israeli artist Michal Rovner, who divides her time between New York City and a farm in Israel

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Living Time

October 16 November 22, 2009

The inaugural DHC Session exhibition, Living Time, brings together selected documentation of renowned Taiwanese-American performance artist Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performances and the films of young Dutch artist, Guido van der Werve

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Int. Stage-Day

January 29 May 9, 2010

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s film installations experiment with narrative storytelling, creating extraordinary tales out of ordinary human experiences

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Jenny Holzer

June 30 November 14, 2010

For more than thirty years, Jenny Holzer’s work has paired text and installation to examine personal and social realities

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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