Kaya Joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous (Vincentian, Kanien’kehá:ka with relations from Kahnawá:ke, Irish, Jamaican) artist born, raised and living in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Kaya’s work focuses on healing, transcending linear notions of time, blood memory and relationship to place. Black and Indigenous futurity are also centred in Kaya’s practice, framing methods of making as ancestral tools to unpack and transform buried truths, opening portals 7 generations into the past and future.
Kaya has been working in community arts for 6 years as a facilitator and artist.
Image Caption: Kaya Joan, Installation of Fugitive Wanderer at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, 2021. Dimensions variable. Image Credit: Polina Teif. Courtesy the artist.
EXHIBITION: OF THE SACREDApril 22, 2022 - June 5, 2022
Curated by AXIS Curatorial (Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos) and featuring Farah Al Qasimi, Kaya Joan, Bea Parsons, Yelaine Rodriguez, Whyishnave Suthagar, Of the Sacred is an exhibition that gathers a selection of artists who examine the divine through a highly personal lens, attesting to belief as a means of unearthing histories of colonialism, translocation, and individual circumstance.Find out more