James Oscar

James Oscar is an art critic, curator, and researcher in the sociology and anthropology of art at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. His work explores how the complexity of identities and social forms (human and non-human) are disseminated in visual and performative arts. He is a regular public lecturer at museums, cultural and academic institutions. His most recent lecture was Exploring Landscape Languages Within Urban Simulated and Living Landscapes at the Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (2021). His latest essay publication appears in the book Rashid Johnson: Anxious Audience (Power Plant, 2021). His following publication surveys the current work of Rajni Perera and Nep Sidhu. He was a curatorial consultant for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present (2018).

Countries / Nations
d. Trinidad, n. Canada


Performance Program

Past / amongst / bones and seeds

A series of audio walking dialogues with the Oji-Cree / Mennonite artist and choreographer Lara Kramer, curated by the Black art critic James Oscar. Conversations will explore Kramer’s image-making and performative explorations spanning from her early photographic exploration of Portage la Prairie and Brandon Indian Residential School to her present billboard project In Blankets, Herds and Ghosts.

In Blankets, Herds and Ghosts by Lara Kramer is presented by Dazibao, in collaboration with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), as part of Dazibao satellite.