Registry:Keywords:diaspora alphabetical by last name

Morehshin Allahyari Artist

Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic mean to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Continue reading

Last Update:April 7, 2018

"The Queen's Punishment", performance, facilitated by FAG (Feminist Art Gallery), images credit: Aliya Pabini, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC 2012.

Sharlene Bamboat Artist

Sharlene Bamboat (b. Karachi, 1984) is an artist based in Toronto and Pittsburgh, who works predominantly in film, video and installation. Her works have been exhibited in galleries and festivals, including Les Complices* (Zurich), the Images Festival (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario), and Vasakh Film Festival (Lahore). Continue reading

Last Update:December 7, 2017

Image from series: "Not This Way Either", 2012.

Sebastian Benitez Artist

Sebastián Benítez, born in Caracas, Venezuela, is a photo-based artist living and practicing in Toronto. Benítez graduated from the OCAD University in 2014, and currently serves on the board of directors of YTB Gallery. Benítez’s work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe, and Asia including exhibitions at Gallery Emil (Tampere, Finland), Gallery Illum (Seoul, South Korea), The Gershman Y (Philadelphia, USA), and Great Hall (Toronto). Benítez works have been featured in publications by Magenta Foundation (Toronto) and INTAC (Berlin, Seoul, Tampere, Toronto). Continue reading

Last Update:April 7, 2018

Angell Gallery, Toronto, 2 June - 8 July, 2017

Erika DeFreitas Artist

Erika DeFreitas is a Scarborough-based multidisciplinary conceptual artist. Placing an emphasis on process, gesture and documention, her work explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity, with the use of textile-based works, and performative actions, which are photographed. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Project Row Houses (Houston), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Angell Gallery (Toronto), Pollock Gallery (Dallas), Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts (Winnipeg) and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.  Continue reading

Last Update:November 18, 2017

Jeannette Ehlers Artist

Jeannette Ehlers’s work is characterized by its experimental nature. Often using image manipulation in her photographic and video-based works, she explores identity and meaning within these changeable terms, in both subtle and immediate ways. Inspired by her own Danish/Caribbean background, she has created cinematic universes that delve into ethnicity and identity, conveying imaginative stories in a visual language that is sharp yet engaging. Her works revolve around big questions and difficult issues, such as Denmark’s role as a slave trading nation, an aspect of Danish cultural heritage that is often glossed over in the country’s historiography. Continue reading

Last Update:May 5, 2018

Cass Gardiner, Crafted Strangers Exhibition 5, 2017, Benchspace Gallery, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville, North Carolina, September 2017 - January 2018. Installation documentation by Steve Mann.

Cass Gardiner Curator

Cass Gardiner is an Anishinaabe Algonquin curator, artist, and filmmaker. She is the co-founder of Matters Unsettled, a curatorial collective that uses the gallery to challenge preconceived notions of culture, identity, and belonging focusing on marginalized people. Gardiner was a 2017 Emerging Curatorial Fellow at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD) in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Continue reading

Last Update:June 21, 2018

Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter Artist, Curator

Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary/Banff, born in Yellowknife and raised in Edmonton. They currently hold the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. They received a diploma in Fine Art from Grant MacEwan University and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2016. Continue reading

Last Update:June 21, 2018