Roya DelSol is a Black media artist based in Toronto. Working primarily as a lens-based artist, she aims for her work in all spheres to centre and uplift the experiences of Black, queer, and marginalized peoples. She creates photographic, film and VR work, capturing Black femme intimacies, strength and joy in hopes of visualizing new, liberated worlds. Her work has screened at local festivals such as LUMINATO, MayWorks and VenusFest.
Kourtney Jackson is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker interested in hybridized, experimental forms of storytelling that exist within and transcend the physical body. Centred in the socio-cultural collisions of subjectivity, surveillance, and societal prescriptions of identity, her films 1 versus 1 (2018) and Wash Day (2020) have screened locally and internationally at festivals including TIFF Next Wave, BlackStar Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival (Ignite x Adobe), Breakthroughs Film Festival, and Columbus Black International Film Festival.
Kaya Joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist born, raised, and living in Tkáron:to. Kaya’s work focuses on exploring relationships and responsibility to place and storytelling. Kaya has been working in community arts for 7 years as a facilitator and artist, and is a member of Milkweed Collective.
Ayo Tsalithaba is a visual artist, writer, and researcher currently based in Toronto and originally from Ghana and Lesotho. Their work explores questions of home, (in)visibility, liminality and (un)belonging as they relate to Black queer and trans* African diasporic subjects.
Growing up with one parent serving in the military, frequent relocation became the norm for director Elisha Smith-Leverock. Now based in Berlin, after a decade in London’s Hackney Elisha’s childhood saw her enjoying the perks of experiencing life in several different countries.
Evan Ifekoya is an artist and energy worker who through sound, text, moving image and performance places demands on existing systems and institutions of power, to recentre and prioritise the experience and voice of those previously marginalised. The practice considers art as a site where resources can be both redistributed and renegotiated, whilst challenging the implicit rules and hierarchies of public and social space. Through archival and sonic investigations, they speculate on blackness in abundance. Their ongoing investigation considers the somatic experience of listening, the healing potential of sound and the spiritual dimension of sexuality.
Grace Channer’s interdisciplinary practice is located in a transnational, Black Diaspora, decolonial aesthetic. She produces installation works rooted in community activism and social justice issues. Using animation, video, audio sculpture and digital media environments, including AR (Augmented Reality), her work engages in critical black, queer and cultural theory. Her film But Some Are Brave (2007) is the recipient of prestigious international awards.
Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based video and performance artist Tanika I. Williams uplifts womanist uses of mothering and medicine to preserve ancestral wisdoms of earth-centered liberation. Her work has been supported by NYFA, Hi-ARTS, Cow House Studios, MORE Art, BRIC, AiOP, Creative Time, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Civic Art Lab, and Performa.