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Lisa Myers, Co-Chair

Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration based in Toronto and Port Severn. Her curatorial practice considers different kinds of value placed on time, sound, and knowledge. In addition to curatorial work based in Toronto, her projects include three touring exhibitions, wnoondwaamin | we hear them (2016); Recast (2014); and the co-curated project Reading the Talk (2014). Her most recent curatorial project Carry Forward at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery considers the way artworks by eleven artists take up documents and documentary as means to think through how and what is carried forward.

In her art practice Myers has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and animation. Her participatory performances involve social gatherings where sharing berries and other food help reflect on place and displacement, and processes of straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Myers has an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her writing has been published in many exhibition publications, in addition to journals and magazines such as Senses and Society, Public, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation. She is an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

Teresa M. Carlesimo, Co-Chair

Teresa Carlesimo (Canadian-American) is an interdisciplinary artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen's University where her research considers various systems of power, class and empire as integral to the analysis of environmental crisis. Since her first involvement in artist-run culture as an undergraduate, and shortly thereafter during her early work as a programming and organizational member of the MayWorks Festival, she has had a sustained interest in the economic issues facing living artists, and advocating for artists as workers. As a cultural worker more broadly, she has served on the board of galleries and Artist-Run Centres, and facilitated and organized public projects, performances, interventions, and conferences. 

In her art practice her recent work explores labour, extractivism, and the urban built environment through large-scale immersive installations and video works, with recent exhibitions including Daily Grind  at Museum London, a form of formlessness at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, contact landing(s) at the Thames Art Gallery, and more light than heat at Rodman Hall Art Centre. Her writing has been published in exhibition publications and catalogues, as well as in recent publications including Performance Research, Public Journal, Art Papers, and Blackflash. 

Kohila Kurunathan, Past-President 

Kohila Kurunathan graduated with her Hon. BA from the Art and Art history program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Her background is in design, lens-based media, print, drawing and, most recently, animation. She worked with the Blackwood Gallery, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, OAAG, Akimbo, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Art Centre) and Canadian Art magazine. She currently works at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.

Rachel Butler, Secretary

Rachel is a former labour activist now arts organizer, with some additional precarious jobs in between. Now Rachel is a Project Manager and Studio Manager at Akin. Rachel has helped orchestrate many of Akin’s community engagement and professional development events. She held the primary role in planning, Akin Studio Program at MOCA Year Two 2019-2020 residency within the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Toronto, Akin St. Clair Don’t Meats Mural Project 2018, Akin’s community workshop residency at the Gardiner Museum called Place/Setting in 2016, and the Urban Workers Skillshare 2017. Rachel recently exhibited at Black Cat Showroom as part of Studio Mates group show.

Macy Siu, Treasurer

Macy Siu is an artist and foresight strategist who is driven by expression and empowerment tied to the hyphen of in-between spaces. Her current practice focuses on creating evidence-based experiential futures and design fiction towards driving conversations around possible inclusive futures. Macy has a background in fine arts (photography and video art) with editorial and public relations experience in the art museum sector (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York). She is also a licensed lawyer in Ontario, specializing in intellectual property law. 

Clayton Windatt 

Clayton Windatt is a Métis non-binary multi-artist living and working in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). In their role with ACC-CCA and through independant activism, Clayton works with organizations nationally and globally relating to various social justice issues. Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities and as a critical writer and columnist for various newspapers and magazines. Clayton is an active film director with works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.

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