Randy Gledhill (Canada)
Randy Gledhill has a Canadian and International history spanning three decades describing a plethora of activities including performance, installation, public art commission, video, sculpture, critical writing, pedagogy, curation and cultural activism. His ground breaking collaborative partnerships enjoy a rare precedent of accolade and influence. His critical texts and performance art reviews have been published in journals and websites internationally including Take One, Canadian Art, 7A*11D and Venice Performance Art Week. He is currently Executive Director and Curator of Vancouver’s LIVE Performance Art Biennale.
Ash Tanasiychuk (Canada)
Performance Documentation & Social Media
Ash Tanasiychuk is a visual artist and arts advocate. He is the founder of the organization & publication called VANDOCUMENT. Ash and his team document the work and events of emerging artists across artistic disciplines, using digital media, photography, videography and writing to reveal the best of what’s happening right now in contemporary art.
VANDOCUMENT: documenting Vancouver’s emerging artists & creative events vandocument.com
Brady Marks (Canada)
Brady Mark makes electronic, software, sound and light art. Whether, working on the web, in live performance environments or in installation, digital media flows around her with fluidity that amphibians of all stripes glow with mutual appreciation.
Sebnem Ozpeta (Canada)
Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver-based visual artist, video editor, and videographer. Sebnem recieved the 2016 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist for Film and New Media. She studied graphic design in Turkey, where she was born and raised. She also completed the digital film program at The Art Institute of Vancouver. She has produced short films and video installations that have been screened and exhibited in festivals in Europe, Canada and Turkey.For more than 10 years, she has collaborated with artists, performers, storytellers, dancers and filmmakers.More recently she has applied her video skills and her experience in storytelling by mentoring youth as part of the Digital Story Telling project (in collaboration with Lisa G. Nielsen). Sebnem curated Dinka Pignon’s retrospective exhibition You are Invited at VIVO Media Arts Centre and co-curated the Digital Carnival and Margaret Dragu’s M. DRAGU’s MUSEUM for the Your Kontinent Media Arts Festival.
Makiko Hara (Japan/Canada)
Makiko Hara is an independent curator based in Vancouver.Over the past decade, she has curated projects and exhibitions in Canada and Japan that have forged new links between artists and institutions in both places, travelling to key Asian countries to visit and research new contemporary artists, centres and communities and developed a network here and throughout Japan and South East Asia. Hara served as chief curator at Centre A (2007- 2013) and has curated numerous international art projects in Canada and Japan including Toronto Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche (2009), 2014-15 artist-in-residence at AIR Yonago, Japan, Koganecho Bazaar 2014 – Fictive Communities Asia 2014, and contributing curator for Mash Up: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery 2016. Recently she has been appointed to Akita University of Arts as International Exchange Centre Advisor.
Daina Warren (Canada)
Daina Warren is of the Montana Cree Nation in Hobbema, Alberta. In 2000, she was awarded Canada Council’s Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts program to work with grunt gallery in Vancouver. This opportunity led to a position with the artist-run centre as an associate curator and administrator until 2009. Warren completed the Canada Council’s Aboriginal Curatorial Residency at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, where she curated the group exhibition Don’t Stop Me Now, which was on display until November 2011. Warren most recently graduated from a Masters in Art History program, completing the Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is currently Director of Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Stefan St-Laurent (Canada)
A multdisciplinary artist and independent curator, Stefan St-Laurent was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1974. He has a Bachelor of Media Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto. His performance and video work has been shown in numerous galleries and institutions in Canada (YYZ, Toronto; Ottawa Art Gallery; Western Front, Vancouver; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax) and in Europe (Centre national de la photographie, Paris; Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie; Edsvik Konst och Kultur, Sweden). In 2008, he was the Curator of the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda. He was also Guest Curator for the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in 2010 and 2011. He was Curator of Galerie SAW Gallery in Ottawa from 2002 to 2012. He created Chanson du cœur with his twin brother Jason St-Laurent, commissioned by the French Theatre at the National Arts Centre in 2014 under the artistic direction of Christian Lapointe. He is Director of AXENÉO7 in Gatineau since 2014, and Adjunct Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Ottawa since 2011.