about the artists
kaya joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist born and raised in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Kaya’s work is centred in healing practices, transcending linear notions of time, blood memory and relationship to place. Rooting themself in frameworks of Black and Indigenous futuritist pedagogy, Kaya engages with methods of making that operate as ancestral tools to unpack and transform buried truths, opening portals 7 generations into the past and future. Engaging with their practice as medicine and connecting to and with constellations of kin, kaya treats making as a mode of manifesting visions of joyful and abundant futures.
Naz Rahbar is an Iranian born Tkaronto based multidisciplinary artist with drawing at the core of her practice. Naz works in print, artist books, performance, animation, and installation. Her work is often narrative based, and explores the figure. Considering bodily identity as primarily relational through various concepts, such as body knowledge, body and land, bodies and borders and bodies as borders. Naz graduated with a BFA from OCAD University in 2009. Naz has been active in arts education, socially engaged practices, and community arts in Tkaronto (www.art-cave.ca), and across the GTA. Naz completed a bachelor of Education with a Fine Arts focus in 2012, and an MFA at York University in 2019. Naz currently teaches in Art Fundamentals and Illustration at Seneca College, and in the department of Visual Studies Art and Art History joint program at University of Toronto / Sheridan College.
Curtia Wright is a multi-disciplinary Fine Artist, Mural Artist and Arts Educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Her narratives focus on telling stories of black peoples of the African diaspora, primarily speaking about her own heritage as a Jamaican-Canadian. Her work questions societies indoctrinated beliefs of what femininity and blackness are in relation to gender.