Guest Programmers

Kate Barry: I received my BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2000), and my MFA from the University of Ottawa (2009). My art practice investigates the performative capacities of the human body through video, drawing and performance art. I have exhibited and performed at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa), The Rider Project (New York City), Glad Day Event Space (Toronto) as well as LINK & PIN performance art series (Montreal). I have also self-produced work at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France) and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Currently, I work as the Project Manager for LIVE! Biennale, Vancouver. From 2014-2017, I worked as the Submissions and Communication Coordinator at Vtape, a distribution organization in Toronto. From 2013 -2016, I was the project manager for More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, ed. Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, co-published by YYZ publications; FADO Performance Art Centre; and Artexte (2016).
Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, and artist. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north that was forcibly displaced to its current site by the Canadian government. For many years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations nationally and abroad. He has a strong passion for collaborative, radical, restorative, and experiential learning around our connections to each other and to the land. Through his practice he strives to co-design collaborative spaces increasingly rooted in trauma-informed principles and methodologies, working to liquefy barriers around accessing art, community, learning, language, and the natural world.
Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield work as Native Art Department International, a collaborative project focusing on communication platforms and alternative systems of community support, at the same time functioning as emancipation from identity-based artwork. Maria Hupfield (born in Parry Sound, Ontario on Georgian Bay, Canada) is a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Recently selected as a featured international artist for SITE Santa Fe 2016 and the Distinguished Visiting Artist Program, University of British Columbia, she received recognition in the USA from the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation for her hand-sewn industrial felt sculptures. Hupfield was awarded a long term Canada Council for The Arts Grant to make work in New York with her nine-foot birchbark canoe made of industrial felt assembled and performed in Venice, Italy for the premiere of Jiimaan, coinciding with the Venice Biennale 2015. Hupfield is an advocate of native community arts and activism; Founder of 7th Generation Image Makers, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a native youth arts and mural outreach program in downtown Toronto. Jason Lujan (born in Marfa, Texas, USA) has lived in New York City since 2001. His multi-disciplinary work is invested in normalizing contemporary Native American content within the global cultural fabric. Previous exhibitions and performances include the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ; the National Museum of the American Indian, NY, NY; the Curibita Biennial in Brazil; Continental de Artes Indígenas Contemporáneas at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Mexico City; International Print Center of New York City; and recent solo installations at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe. Jason occasionally curates, and co-organizes programs and exhibitions in New York City; in 2014 he curated the exhibition Zines Plus and the World of ABC No Rio at the New York Center for Book Arts.
jes sachse is at the forefront of a renewal of disability art, justice and culture in Canada. Presently living in Toronto, jes is an artist, writer and performer whose work focuses on disability culture in ways that refuse to reduce or bracket out the messy complexities of difference. Their work & writing has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Peak, CV2 -The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing, Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada, and the 40th Anniversary Edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.
Born in St. Catherines, Clayton Windatt has lived in the Northeastern region of Ontario for most of his life. He is a Métis arts administrator currently working as an independent curator. After working as the Director of the White Water Gallery Artist-Run Centre in North Bay, Ontario for 7 years he now pursues his own practice of art creation and dissemination. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received his Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. He works actively with several arts organizations locally, provincially and nationally on committees and boards of directors including working with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective for the past 4 years. Clayton maintains contracted positions with Canadore College’s REP21 theatre program and works as a columnist for the North Bay Nipissing News producing a weekly arts column for the Nipissing District. He works with the ON THE EDGE fringe festival and is a member of the Future In Safe Hands Collective. He aids Aanmitaagzi with their different community arts events and contributes actively as a writer, designer, curator, performer, theatre technician, consultant and is an active visual and media artist.
Caroline Klimek is a researcher and film programmer based in Toronto, ON. She is a second year PhD student studying in the Cinema and Media Arts department at York University, focusing on the impact Canadian funding and policy stakeholders have on film festivals’ new media programmes and exhibition practices. Her other research interests include emerging technologies, media archaeology, archives, expanded cinema and media industry studies.