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Alaina Perez

Hello! My name is Alaina Perez (she/hers) and I am a member of the Tahltan Nation and was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia on unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh [Squamish], Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh [Tsleil-Waututh] and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm [Musqueam] Territory. I currently live in Montreal, Quebec [Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang] where I am a Masters student in the Individualized Program at Concordia University. I also hold a BFA in Art History from Concordia University.  

My thesis research takes a transdisciplinary approach to Indigenous understandings of the senses and aesthetic experiences through my research creation project titled Relational Media : Aesthetics of Decolonization. Throughout this research creation project I will be using the grammar of accessibility to inform my work. I will be dealing with themes surrounding Indigenizing methodologies, opacity, and embodiment. I am creating a material practice that actively evades being known by working within the grammar of accessibility; to generate inaccessibility can be a way of keeping sensitive material safe. I am hoping that through engaging in a material practice in this way I will be able to move far beyond written and spoken language in my research.  

If you would like to get in touch with us please email

CJ 1.415 Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec
H4B 1R6