Leah Decter is an inter-media artist and scholar based in Winnipeg; Treaty 1 territory. Currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Researcher in York University’s Theatre and Performance Studies Program, she holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queens University and an MFA in New Media from Transart Institute. Her artwork, research and writing focus on contested spaces, largely contending with histories and contemporary conditions of settler colonialism and systems of white dominance from a critical white-settler perspective.
Decter has exhibited, presented and screened her work widely in Canada, including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plugin ICA, Dunlop Art Gallery, McKenzie Art Gallery, Trinity Square Video, Kamloops Art Gallery, Grunt Gallery, and internationally in the US, UK, Germany, Malta, Australia, Netherlands and India. She has undertaken social practice projects and performances across the country and her curatorial work includes Mammo’iiang to Make Change (with Jaimie Isaac) and the ongoing project oh-oh Canada. Her artwork has been featured in The Journal of Canadian Art History, Craft and Design in Canada, Fuse Magazine, Border Crossing and the Journal of Canadian Studies and her recent journal articles have been published in the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies and Canadian Theatre Review. Her co-authored writing (with Carla Taunton, Ayumi Goto and Jaimie Isaac respectively) has been published in Fuse Magazine’s Decolonizing Aesthetics Issue, The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation and West Coast Line #74: Reconcile This!. In 2017 Decter was a Visiting Research Fellow at University of New South Wales’ National Institute for Experimental Arts in Sydney, Australia.