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Janine Marchessault Wins $225,000 Trudeau Fellowship, Plans Large 2013 Project

Yesterday, York University announced that curator, critic and professor Janine Marchessault has been awarded the $225,000 Trudeau Fellowship prize from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Marchessault, who recently co-curated the project Museum for the End of the World at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, is known for research and curatorial work that addresses cities and sustainability, combining urban planning, public art and the media.

Marchessault’s 2009 Leona Drive Project (co-curated, like Museum for the End of the World, with Michael Prokopow) set artist installations amid soon-to-be-demolished Willowdale bungalows. Her online Visible City Project unites more than 50 interviews with artists, urban planners, designers and curators from a variety of countries to consider how art and communication are manifested in different contexts. She is also founding editor of the journal Public.

In a release, Marchessault said that she will use the fellowship to execute a fall 2013 project titled Land/slide: Possible Futures, which she said will be “devoted to reflecting on the future of land use in one of Canada’s largest and fastest developing suburbs in Toronto—Markham, Ontario—with a specific focus on the [Greater Toronto Area’s] Greenbelt.”

Land/slide, she noted, will also include “a large international symposium at the Royal Ontario Museum devoted to Land and Climate Change.” The project is due to open September 21, 2013, and run until October 31, 2013.

Each Trudeau Fellowship prize is payable over three years. Trudeau Fellowships, its foundation states, are awarded to individuals who set themselves apart through research achievements, creativity and commitment to critical social issues of importance to Canada.

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