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+Vania Djelani

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Vania Djelani completed her BFA in Art History & Studio Arts at Concordia University in the Spring of 2020. As a writer and researcher based in Tiohtiá:ke, or Montreal, she explores the ways in which materiality can be manipulated to construct a sense of identity— in exploring subjects like race, class and gender. During her final year in university, she became Conference Coordinator for the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH), where she hosted the 9th annual conference on Place Listening: Exploring Material Narratives. Her papers, examining material culture and femininity, have been published in two volumes of CUJAH and she has also contributed texts to FOFA Gallery exhibition catalogues. 

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+Nya Lewis

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Nya Lewis’ practice is a culmination of centuries of African resistance, love, questions, actions, study, embrace and exposure in the face of failed neo-colonial attempts at erasure. Nanyamka’s expression is powered by the perpetual engine of truth-explored, uncompromised. It interrupts, it educates, it asks, it unites, it celebrates a Canada with all voices present, with all voices heard, with actions taken and commitment to justice declared. The artist sees her practice as a continuation of a long lineage of work undertaken by Black artists, curators, writers, activists and thinkers who blaze(d) a trail of critical discourse surrounding the Black Canadian Experience. Lewis’ creative practice reflects upon the diversity of Black diasporic experiences and its many forms of expression. As such, she works across the disciplines of art making, curating and writing. Her work is multivalent in form and expression but is always driven by the reimagining and reclaiming of community. 

 Lewis is a MFA candidate at OCAD University, an Independent curator and the founder and director of BlackArt Gastown.

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+Kit Edwards

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Kit is a freelance art writer living in London, with a particular interest in queer and women’s practices. Having graduated with an English degree in 2017, she is now studying the History of Art at Birkbeck University and working part-time in the charity sector. She has written for Polyester Zine, Sister Magazine and This is Tomorrow.

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+Maeve Hanna

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Maeve Hanna is a writer and curator based in Treaty 7 territory (Calgary, AB). She holds a BFA Honours in Visual Arts and Literature from York University (Toronto) and the University of Leeds (UK), an MA in Art History and Icelandic Studies from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) on location in Iceland. She has previously published work with Black Flash Magazine, Canadian Art, C Magazine, esse, Frieze, Sculpture and the academic journal the Senses and Society. She has work forthcoming with the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Publication Studio, Luma Film Media and Art Quarterly, Hyperallergic and Border Crossings Magazine. She is the Calgary correspondent for Akimblog.

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+Sara Peters

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Sara Peters is a writer in Toronto. When not writing for TV she guest lectures, writes poetry, documents the queer art scene, and performs improv.

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+Alexandra Bischoff

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Alexandra Bischoff (b. Edmonton, Treaty 6 territory) is a performance artist and writer. Bischoff’s practice responds to obscured intimacies, often focusing through the amorphous lens of women’s work. Sexual, emotional, and caretaking labours—legitimized or not, compensated or not—are some of Bischoff’s main concerns. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently an MFA candidate at Concordia University in the department of Intermedia.

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+Lucas Cabral

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Lucas is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who has held positions in communications and community engagement at Harbourfront Centre, McIntosh Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and AIDS Committee of Durham Region. He is currently the Executive Director at Artcite Inc. in Windsor, Ontario. Recent curatorial projects include If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It, a group exhibition celebrating queer self-actualization in performance-based work. Lucas recently contributed to the development of Inclusion 2025: A Practitioners Guide to Inclusive Museums, a project organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ontario Museum Association that aims to encourage public art institutions to meaningfully engage diverse communities.

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+Rebecca Casalino

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Rebecca Casalino is a Toronto artist and curator maintaining her practice through deeply personal collaborations in her community and sheer will power. Currently focusing on drawing and multiples Casalino has also previously worked in video,performance, sculpture, and installation. Casalino’s work is highly autobiographical but her work is packaged as intellectual and sarcastic projects. She works to boil down intimate feelings into universal truths through her practice. Casalino is currently an MFA candidate at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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+Laura Demers

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Laura Demers is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Toronto. She has written for Cross Process (2018), Blank Cheque Press (2018), Public Parking (2019) and Prefix Photo (2019), and was recently awarded the Spark Box Emerging Artist Award (2019). Her work has been shown in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. Her current practice comprises writing, drawing, and digital and print media.

+Nadia Kurd

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Nadia Kurd (she/her) is an art historian and curator based in Edmonton, Alberta. She occasionally tweets at @nadia_kurd

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+Chiara Mannarino

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Chiara Mannarino earned her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in 2018 and her Master’s in Art History at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Chiara is an aspiring curator with a particular interest in the intersections of photography, feminism, activism, and ethics and in re-examining the history of contemporary Italian art. She is also a photographer particularly invested in crafting and illuminating unexpected connection as well as a multimedia installation artist. You can find her work on her website and also her Instagram.

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+EA Douglas

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EA Douglas is an artist currently living in Vancouver, Canada. She publishes the semi-regular digital perzine Strange and Mysterious Creatures. You can connect with her via Instagram @ea.douglas.

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+Jennifer Griffiths

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Jennifer Griffiths received a PhD in Art History from Bryn Mawr College and currently works in Cortona, Italy as the Art Historian and Academic Coordinator for the University of Georgia program there. Her peer-reviewed articles on women, gender and art have appeared in Design Culture, Woman’s Art Journal, Women’s Studies Quarterly, International Yearbook of Futurism Studies and elsewhere. Her editorials, book, and exhibition reviews have appeared in Art Journal, Forum Italicum, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Modern Italy, and Esse arts + opinions. She is currently writing a monograph on Futurist painter Marisa Mori.

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+Chourouq Nasri

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Chourouq Nasri is an associate professor in the department of English Studies at Mohammed Premier University – Oujda, Morocco. She has authored numerous publications on topics related to literature, media, and visual culture. Her recent publications include, as co-editor, North African Women after the Arab Spring: In the Eye of the Storm, and as editor, the first issue of Ikhtilaf, Journal of Critical Humanities and Social Studies, and Questions de genre: Etudes des inégalités Hommes-Femmes au Maroc. Besides her academic interests, Chourouq Nasri has also an informal background in art, theatre, and creative writing. She has also translated a poetry collection from Arabic into English (I am Many by Moroccan haiku poet, Sameh Derouich) and has recently started publishing short stories in anthologies and magazines.

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+Margaryta Golovchenko

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Margaryta Golovchenko is a settler-immigrant, poet, critic, and academic based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Treaty 13 and Williams Treaty territory, Canada. She is currently completing an MA in art history and curatorial studies at York University.

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+Danielle Taschereau Mamers

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Danielle Taschereau Mamers is a settler writer and researcher living in Toronto. She has a particular interest in artists’ remediations, reinterpretations, and refusals of political and bureaucratic documents. Her scholarly writing, cultural criticism, a series of hand-drawn pedagogy zines are collected at www.dtmwrites.com.

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+Anna Mirzayan

Anna Mirzayan is an arts writer, poet, researcher and doctoral candidate in Theory and Criticism. She is currently based in Pittsburgh, where she is the editor-in-chief of the Bunker Review at Bunker Projects. Her poetry chapbook, Donkey-girl and Other Hybrids, was published in 2021 by Really Serious Literature. You can find some of her work at art-agendaSquare Cylinder, and Femme Art Review or find her on instagram @brekekexkoax.

 

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