I was a museum’s Black Lives Matter hire

This conversation pulls back the layers of idealism and discusses what it means when new race-based hires are not provided with the support they need to thrive in institutions.

‘You think you’ve been hired because you’re the right person. But once you’re inside, you realise you’re not the right fit,’ curator eunice bélidor tells Hyperallergic.

In April 2021, eunice bélidor made international news when she became the first Black curator in the 161-year history of a major Canadian museum. She is a Canadian curator of contemporary art with a Master’s degree in art history and visual culture, and holds a graduate diploma in Curatorial Studies from York University. bélidor worked at the Power Plant in Toronto before returning to Montreal, where she was born and raised. From 2014-2019, she was the program coordinator at articule, an artist-run centre committed to social engagement, experimentation and interdisciplinary projects. And, in 2019, she became director of the FOFA Gallery at Concordia University, where she also is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Art History.

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