Dot Tuer

Professor and Chair of Visual and Critical Studies, OCAD University

Professor Tuer is a cultural historian and theorist whose research areas include photography, new media and performance art in Canada and Latin America, as well as a scholarly focus on colonial Latin American history and indigenous-European relations. She is the author of Mining the Media Archive (YYZ Books, 2005) and her essays have been widely published in museum catalogues, contemporary art magazines, anthologies, and academic journals. In 2013, Tuer received the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Her current research on photography concerns the intersection of political agency, archival traces, and witnessing in Latin America.


Selected Exhibitions and Publications

 “A Greeting from the Anishanabe of Canada to the Tzotzil in Chiapas: Decolonizing the Gesture of Friendship between Indigenous Nations,” E-hemispheric: Decolonial Gesture 11, no. 1 (Winter 2014).

“Beyond the New Media Frame: The Poetics of Absence in Vera Frenkel’s String Games,” Vera Frenkel, ed. Sigrid Schade (Berlin: Verlag, 2013).

“Towards the Darkness (and the Light): Reflections on an ESMA Photograph,” Prefix Photo 27 (2013).

“Vernacular Photography and its Cultural Histories” (review essay). RACAR, Canadian Art Review 38, no. 1 (2013).

Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON. October 20, 2012-January 20, 2013.

“A Certain Regard: The Spectre of the Self (as other),” Suzy Lake: Political Poetics (Toronto: University Centre Art Gallery, University of Toronto, 2011).

“Counterpoints Towards a Politics of Provocation: Revolutionary Ideology and Conceptual Art in Tucumán Arde and It’s Still Privileged Art,” Transmissions Annual Journal (2011).

“Looking for Castro,” Prefix Photo 23 (2011).

“Transculturality and the Colonial Legacy of Popular Belief in North-East Argentina.” Transcultural Americas /Amériques transculturelles. Afef Benessaieh, ed. (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2010).

“Between Image and Remembrance: The Psychic Residences of Body Missing,” Prefix Photo 19 (2009).

“From the Far Edge of Home,” Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words (London & Vancouver: Museum London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2009).



Dot Tuer

Faculty of Liberal Studies
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1W1