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Mani Mazinani, Co-Chair

Mani Mazinani (b.1984, Iran) is a Toronto-based artist working in installation, video, film, photographs, multiples, sound and music. His practice evolved from an early interest in sound recording, and now explores the process of translating thoughts into recordings. His visual work is concerned with scale and perception, often combining subject matter and medium. In 2019, his Aerophone Recordings label issued the LP Shift, made in collaboration with Sanaz Mazinani and Michael Snow. Recent exhibitions and performances include Tate Modern, London (2019); Tehran International Electronic Music Festival (2017); Suzhou Industrial Park Culture & Expo Square (2016); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2015); and Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2015).


Julieta Maria, Co-Chair

Julieta Maria is a Toronto based media artist with an MFA from York University. Her work has been shown in several screenings and exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her practice includes a variety of media, including video performance, film and installations. Julieta has worked in the field of media arts as a facilitator, teaching workshops in video production, video editing and interactive video. She has also co-curated several Internet and media exhibitions, including Voz a Voz - hosted by YYZ in Toronto in October 2015- and the Symposium of Decolonial Aesthetics, hosted by the University of Toronto in 2013. She was a co-founder of e-Fagia Visual and Media Art Organization in Toronto, which she directed until 2016.


Vanessa Godden, Secretary

Vanessa Godden is a queer Indo-Trinidadian and Euro-Canadian artist, academic, and curator from Houston, Texas (via Providence, RI and Melbourne, Australia), now based in the Greater Toronto Area. Vanessa has a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts (2020), supported through the Melbourne International Research Scholarship. They received their MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2014) and BFA from the University of Houston (2012). Their artistic practice uses performative gestures to explore how personal histories of sexual assault, cultural heritage, and the body in relation to geographic space can be conveyed through material engagements with the body.


Manolo Lugo, Director

Manolo is a Mexican born Toronto-based artist and educator working in performance, video, photography, and installation. His work speaks to the conditions of migrancy, precarity and queerness in advanced capitalism. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in venues including the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, AGO's First Thursdays, Sur Gallery, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), LIVE Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver), Visualeyez Performance Art Festival (Edmonton), amongst other venues. He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and completed a Masters of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2013. He has worked as a faculty in the Visual Studies Department at the University of Toronto and at OCAD University; he is currently the Digital Media Technician in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


Emily Siu, Director

Emily is a lawyer who was called to the Ontario bar in June 2019. Prior to obtaining her law degree from Queen's University in 2018, she completed a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. While in law school, Emily worked as a Special Outreach coordinator, a role in which she created and implemented inclusion strategies in executing various social media projects to promote the law program. She has also volunteered with Start Proud, an organization dedicated to facilitating LGBT+ students transition from school to career and build a network within the LGBT+ community.