Issue 3 Contributors
Zahra Baseri is an Iranian Canadian artist. Her educational background includes a B.Sc in electrical engineering (completed in Iran), a BFA Honours Studio from the University of Manitoba, and an MFA from University of Waterloo. She works with a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. She has exhibited in Hamilton with Hamilton Artists Inc, Winnipeg with La Maison des artistes, Montreal with Art Mur’s Fresh Paint / New Construction (2016 and 2018), and in Toronto with BMO 1st Art! at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. She was also Manitoba’s provincial winner for BMO 1st Art! (2016), and the 2019 recipient of Silvia Knight Scholarship in Fine Arts, University of Waterloo. Baseri describes her artistic practice as both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Her subject matter is positioned from a feminist perspective, engaging with religious, cultural, and sociopolitical issues.
Ioana Dragomir is an emerging interdisciplinary artist born in Romania and based in Hamilton,Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Honours BA Fine Arts Studio Practice (Dist.). She is interested in language and narrative, engaging in close reading of texts in order to translate them into images. She works largely in process-based mediums that involve labour and meditation. Her text and archive-based practice is largely influenced by her work in libraries. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Cambridge Idea Exchange, and Art Mur’s Fresh Paint/New Construction exhibition which showcases the best in painting and sculpture from recent students. She recently collaborated with Maxwell Hyett on a site-specific installation project for Liliput Gallery in London, Ontario. She had a solo exhibition at the DVSA Gallery as part of a nine-month residency, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Rotunda Gallery in Kitchener in November 2019. She is currently working on a curatorial project about translation, which brings together artists who work between languages or between language and image. The exhibition, With sound of hands, opens in August 2019 at the Dundas Valley School of Art Gallery. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Waterloo. Her community engagement work at Dundas Valley School of Art was recognized by the Dundas Rotary Club and The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton.
Angela Glanzmann is a queer settler, artist and art worker currently based in the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (aka Vancouver, BC). She received her BFA from NSCAD University in 2013 and is in the second year of her MFA at the University of British Columbia. Her practice revolves around video, performance, sculpture and installation. Her research is currently investigating connections of post-trauma, affect, labour, precarity and their latent markings on a body. She has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada and has attended residencies both nationally and in Europe. She has received grants from Canada Council, Arts Nova Scotia and SSHRC.
Sangmin Lee is a Toronto based mixed-media installation artist, recent BFA graduate from OCAD University's Sculpture & Installation program and recipient of the Project 31 Sculpture/Installation award. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, ranging from Toronto and Montreal to Paris and Osaka. Currently, Lee works as a class assistant at OCAD University and is a member of the Read Head Gallery Collective. Son of Korean immigrants, Sangmin Lee was born and raised in the densest high rise community in Canada, St. James Town (Toronto, ON). Despite its shortcomings, it is one of the most ethnically rich neighbourhoods in North America and is sometimes known as "the world within a block." In the apartment buildings of St. James Town, in-between walls of plaster and parquet tile floors are where stories of integration, displacement, adaptation and cultural survival unfold. Here, within the margins representation, in the peripheries of society inhabits the heart of his art practice.
Mina Markovic is a Toronto based photographer whose work often combines her own photographs with archival imagery in order to explore identity and memory. Her images are informed by and examine how the two are shaped by heritage, location, history, and the present. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management.
Margarete is a Filipino-Canadian artist who is researching the resurfacing of Baybayin, the ancient script of the Philippines. She is interested in rediscovering the language and the parallels between this process with that of the experience of being an immigrant. As immigrants, it is often hard to visit your homeland frequently and with every passing year new changes are brought to your homeland that by the time you next visit, there is a certain alienation one feels as you no longer seem to recognize your homeland. Margarete desires to strengthen her connection to her homeland by making art that celebrates the cultural diversity immigrants bring to Toronto. By doing so she is able to not only help herself connect to her cultural beginnings, but provide a way for other immigrants who have had similar experiences to remember theirs as well.
Christie Shen is an emerging Chinese-Canadian artist working to answer the question, “What will I do when you’re gone?”. Memory, language, and the archive inform her artistic practice. Her current work lies in exploring the impacts of cultural loss with the dynamics of the home and family, with a focus on the meaning and value of nostalgia. She is a recent BA graduate from the University of Waterloo and is currently based in the GTA. Her art and poetry has been featured in the literary journals Peach Velvet and Honey & Lime.
Calin Stefan is a Toronto-based artist and graphic designer. Working primarily in sculpture, his work is process-driven and conceptual—often tackling ideas related to memory, vision, language, and the intersections between. Also present in his work are the experiences of growing up in the suburbs of Mississauga, and how the suburban topography has affected influenced how he experiences other spaces. Born in Romania and raised Canada, Stefan has recently become more interested in how one is able to reclaim one’s own heritage despite a lack of firsthand experience within that culture. He is also co-editor and designer for Cross Process, working to foster communication and collaboration between contributors.