Barreras (Borders in English) is part of 2018's 10x10 Photography Project at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Canada. This project's intention is to bring attention to the unique lived experience LGBTQ+ immigrants face in Canada. Showing youth and newcomers representation of LGBTQ+ immigration/ migration and challenge stigma and stereotypes. It is also an opportunity to give platform and attention to artists within our community who are not truly represented in our everyday.
Barreras (Borders en Inglés) es parte del Proyecto de Fotografía 10x10 de 2018 en el Hotel Gladstone en Toronto, Canadá. La intención de este proyecto es llamar la atención sobre la experiencia única vivida por los inmigrantes migrantes LGBTQ + en Canadá. Mostrar a los jóvenes y recién llegados una representación de inmigración / migración LGBTQ+ y desafiar el estigma y los estereotipos. También es una oportunidad para brindar plataforma y atención a los artistas dentro de nuestra comunidad que no están verdaderamente representados en nuestra vida cotidiana.
Bilal Baig is a queer/genderqueer/muslim playwright. His first play Acha Bacha had its world premiere at Theatre Passe Muraille in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in February 2018. Bilal is part of a collective that is dedicated to creating space for queer and trans south asians - visit acolourdeep.ca for more information.
Yes is a radical queer migrant based in tkaronto. they come to poetry through the cuban traditions of being a dramatic lover and never shutting up. they are on the Voices of Today festival organizing committee and they organize with No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network.
Keet Geniza is a multidisciplinary artist and youth arts-facilitator born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Her practice employs prose, poetry, zines, comics, drawing, painting, collage and illustration to explore the cusps between personal heritage and narrative reinvention.
TISH is a queer black woman of Jamaican, British and Armenian heritage. Her art focuses on the experiences she had as a black queer teen navigating the rave scene in Toronto. A proud OCADU dropout she has shown at 8-11 gallery, The Whitehouse Studio Project, Faith void and Daniel Spectrum. TISH has also been a panel guest at OCADU during black history month, discussing being a black artist in Toronto and what that future looks like. She works with beads and string materials reminiscent to her days raving, creating provocative images using patterns and intriguing colours. TISH believes her art can be used as a tool for activism , as well as a conduit for her own voice.
Robbie Ahmed is a transman of colour and a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in four countries: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and now Canada. Through exploring the mediums of writing, songwriting, and poetry, he writes about his journey in discovering what home, happiness, and healing means in context of diasporic identity.
Angel Glady is a trans woman from Tamil Nadu. She is the first trans woman who went to Madras University to do M A Mass Communication. She is a theatre activist and has worked with French theatre group 'clowns without border' and a South Korean theatre group called 'TUIDA'. She acted in many Tamil movies as well. She worked as a hospital clown in Chennai for the government hospital. She feels art is the best tool to make a revolution and she is the co-founder of a trans theatre group called Panmai theatre in Chennai India.
Heidi Cho is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Grounded in the themes of family, mental health, trauma, east asian experience and queerness, Heidi is most known her narrative art practice. Her illustration work has appeared in C Magazine, Shameless Magazine and Peak Magazine. Her visual work has been showcased in OCAD University, Art Gallery of Ontario and Doris McCarthy Gallery UTSC. She is involved in creating an intergenerational art project showcasing the experiences of LGBTQ East and Southeast Asian communities in Toronto, in collaboration with Gardiner Museum and Invisible Footprints.
Heath V. Salazar is a trans non-binary Dora Award-winning latinx performer and writer. They most recently debuted Virgen in the 2018 Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as a member of the Emerging Creators Unit. In addition, Heath is also the drag king and activist Gay Jesus and has performed across the GTA, including 12 stages during Toronto Pride Month 2017.
Sofia Rodriguez was born and raised in the City of Mountains: Monterrey, Mexico. She is a multidisciplinary actor, creator and collaborator currently based in Toronto. A graduate of Randolph Academy’s Musical Theatre Performance Program and one of last season’s Emerging Creators at Buddies in Bad Times.
Kumari believes in art and movement as a tool for empowerment, transformation and healing. They are committed to nurturing overlooked brilliance, working collectively and challenging systemic power in the arts. They bring love, intention and integrity to projects, continuously learning and are forever a work in progress.