Adi Berardini (she/her) is an artist, writer, and editor. She has an MA in Art History from Western University and a BFA in Cultural + Critical Practice from Emily Carr University. You can find more of her writing through VANDOCUMENT, LIVE Biennale, and Issue Mag. Formerly, she has worked at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection as the Regional and Digital Engagement Coordinator. Her illustrations have been published in Free Lit Magazine and EVENT Magazine.
Summer Guest Editor 2020
Lena Chen is an artist and activist examining labor, intimacy, and trauma. In 2018, she founded the expressive arts initiative Heal Her, which has worked with artists, therapists, and survivors of sexual violence to convene trauma-informed storytelling circles in seven countries. She has been an invited speaker at Oxford, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, SXSW, and re:publica; featured in international media (including The New York Times, CNN, The Independent, VICE); and funded by the Puffin Foundation and the Burning Man Global Arts Fund. Chen received a B.A. in sociology from Harvard University, and is currently pursuing her MFA at the Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.
Harper Wellman (he/him) is a writer and emerging curator currently located in Calgary AB. Harper holds an MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies, and a BA in Museum and Curatorial Studies, both from Western University. He has worked for many cultural organizations focusing on curatorial projects, public programming, and publications (TBA Journal, ArtLab, OMA, Westland Gallery, Calgary Zoo), and truly enjoys engaging the public with cultural, artistic, and historical topics. Harper currently works for Contemporary Calgary and the Alberta University of the Arts.
Presenting materials in different and unexpected perspectives is an ongoing objective in the work of Amsterdam based designer, Zsofia Kollar. Zsofia’s idea of the design-discipline is not fixed but in flux. Her work intrigues, playing with the tension between art and design, showing a keen sense of humor while questioning the human mind. Her quest to understand the relation between objects and their context blurs the line between fiction and the realm of our reality. There is an interesting and strange uncanniness in her work, which not only reveals the secrets of existing materials and objects but also investigates scenarios of future and fictional behaviors. Triggered senses, surprise encounters and the belief that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction sums up her cross-disciplinary practice.
Jamie Lee Arseneau is a resident and community member of London, Ontario. She is a graduate of Western University, where she studied English and History, and is now professionally engaged in non-profit leadership. Jamie Lee is a writer, utilizing this creative medium for personal development, as well as raising awareness for polyamory and non-monogamy.
Devana Senanayake is a political reporter and radio producer focusing on race (intercultural racism), immigration, de-colonisation, diasporas and food. Devana has been featured on SBS, Meanjin, Overland, Archer and VICE. She also participated in documentaries made by the BBC, Aljazeera and ABC. She is currently making an audio documentary about immigration called “The Modern Odyssey” for All The Best, 3CR Community Radio and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Her hobbies are making zines, taking photographs and cooking. Find her on Twitter @dsenanayake16.
Lauren Fournier (b. 1989 Regina/Treaty 4 Territory, Saskatchewan) is a curator, writer, and artist holding a PhD from York University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose current research is focused on the histories and practices of “autotheory” as a post-1960s mode of feminist practice across media. Lauren’s writing has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and contemporary art publications, including Contemporary Women’s Writing, Canadian Art, Comparative Media Arts Journal, Canadian Journal of Woman Studies, Magenta Magazine, Kapsula Magazine, West Coast Line, and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada. She has authored exhibition catalogue essays and art writing texts for various artist-run centres, commercial galleries, and public art galleries and museums, including Dazibao (Montréal), Untitled Art Society (Calgary), Susan Hobbs (Toronto), and Wil Aballe Art Projects (Vancouver). Recent curatorial projects include Autotheory (Vtape), The Sustenance Rite (Blackwood Gallery), and Fermenting Feminism (Medical Museion, Front/Space, Büro BDP). Lauren’s first novel, an expanded writing and multi-channel video installation entitled Feminist Father Worship is forthcoming 2020.
Chloe Hyman is an art writer born and raised in New York City. She holds an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA in Art History from Tufts University. Her research explores the cultural significance of monster bodies in historical propaganda and their subversion in contemporary art and cinema. Central themes include the construction of stereotypes, sexuality, sacrality, and the uncanny. Chloe founded the art journalism platform Canvas and Crumpets and teaches art history at Arts Club NYC. She is also a vintage dealer and stylist, with a particular fondness for psychedelic 1960s prints. You can find her on Instagram @chloelikescrumpets.
Valérie Frappier is a cultural worker, writer and emerging curator of French settler ancestry from Aurora, Ontario. Currently based in Toronto, she was Canadian Art Magazine’s 2017-18 editorial intern and has worked within different art organizations in Montreal, Quebec and Cork, Ireland. She holds a BFA in Art History/Studio Arts from Concordia University and a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from York University. As a current MFA candidate in OCAD University’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program, her research focuses on questions of gender, race and nationhood within Canadian cultural production, and explores alternate memorialization and the reframing of dominant narratives.