Karen Miranda Augustine

ritualistic pop artist


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Artist, Karen Miranda Augustine

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Photograph by Steven Lungley

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions

2016 Don't You Forget About Me, with Ilene Sova, Nuit Rose: A Festival of Queer Art and Performance, Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries, Toronto (curated by the Throbbing Rose Collective)
2014 Outgraced, A Space Gallery, Toronto (curated by Rachel Gorman)
2009 American Empress: Credit for the Empire’s Troubled Royalty, North York Central Library, Toronto
2004 Light as a Feather, Heavy Like Lead, Trane Studio, Toronto


Group Exhibitions

2016 Holiday Salon, Yumart Gallery, Toronto (curated by Y.M. Whelan)
2015 3rd Annual Holiday Salon, Yumart Gallery, Toronto (curated by Y.M. Whelan)
  Looking Forward, Looking Back, Feminist Art Conference (FAC), The Great Hall, Ontario College of Art & Design University (curated by the FAC Exhibition Committee)
2014 Light and Shadow, Yumart Gallery, Toronto (curated by Y.M. Whelan)
  SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (curated by Sandra Alland)
  Summer Salon, Yumart Gallery, Toronto (curated by Y.M. Whelan)
2013 Capital One Bank, North York, Ontario (curated by Tracey Capes)
  And the Livin' is Easy, Yumart Gallery, Toronto (curated by Y.M. Whelan)
  Emporia, Yumart Gallery, Toronto (curated by Y.M. Whelan)
2012 Cobourg Poetry & Literary Arts Festival (curated by Rebecca Baptista)
2011 2nd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (curated by Leah Gordon, André Eugène and Jean Hérard Celeur)
  Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, Massachusetts (curated by Camilo Alvarez)
2010 Made You Look., Manifesto: Festival of Community & Culture, 99 Sudbury, Toronto (curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes)
2009 CRUX, Mayer Fine Art Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia (juried by William Hennessey, Solomon Isekeije and Ken Daley)
2008 Movement ’08, The Production House, Etobicoke, Ontario (curated by Stephen Fakiyesi)
  Hands On, Latin-Afro Fest, Gallery 1313, Toronto (curated by Sandra Brewster and Amelia Jimenez)
  Urbanity Humanity, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche ’08, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto
2007 One-Day Art Affair, The Production House, Etobicoke, Ontario (curated by Stephen Fakiyesi)
  Scotiabank Nuit Blanche '07, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto
  Square Foot 2007, Awol Gallery, Toronto
2006 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto
2005 Poetry is Not a Luxury, This Ain't the Rosedale Library Gallery, Toronto
  Ten: A Group Exhibition, Trane Studio, Toronto (curated by the SEEN Collective)
1996 Image Dis: Emerging Black Women Artists, Galerie SAW Video, Ottawa, Ontario (curated by P. Afua Marcus)
1994 Telling Lives: Women and HIV, ArtSpace Strike Three Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario (curated by Lynn Beavis)
1993 Remapping Desire, A Space Gallery, Toronto (curated by Karen Atkinson)
1992 Gathering: The Memorial Project, A Space Gallery, Toronto (curated by Clamorous Intentions)
  Feathers of the Phoenix, A Space Gallery, Toronto (curated by Haruko Okano)
1991 Healing Images, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto (curated by A Bunch of Feminists)
  Black Women and Image, A Space Gallery, Toronto (curated by Hazel Da Breo)
1990 Irreverent Visions, A Space Gallery, Toronto (curated by the Lesbian Art Committee)

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2009 Cachín Cachán Cachunga, The Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
2005 Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Independent Media Arts, Alliance, University of Guelph
  Boiling Frog's Screaming Media, Toronto
  What's love got to do with it? Optic Nerve: Peterborough's Film & Video Festival, Peterborough, Ontario
2003 Independent Media Arts Alliance Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan
  Sorting the Evidence, Images Festival, Innis College, University of Toronto
2001 Dislocation.../...Disturbance, Trinity Square Video, Toronto



Fred Budnik, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Deirdre Tara Whelan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Public Commissions

Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, Toronto, ON (2012)



Poem: "Sapphire," Shannon Harris Presents the New World Reveal-a-Solution (Chicago, IL: Urbanicity Recordings) (2004)



paradise jacked: snapshots of the cultural underground
An experimental survey of Toronto women artists, featuring Louise Ethel Liliefeldt, Sandra Alland, the Laydeez Quire, Sook-Yin Lee and Martha E. Chaves. (Director, 11:00 min., 2008)

Post-Modern Minstrel
Clifton Joseph's pontifical diatribe of his alter ego, "Reverend Swami," illustrates the regressive caricatures celebrated within Jerry Springer. (Director, 4:16 min., 2001)

I Call Myself
This streeter begs the question: What does "woman" mean to the average male hip-hop consumer, promoter, DJ and MC? (Director, 2:30 min., 2001)

A silent, experiential short looking at the impact of fatherlessness on female sexual compulsion. (Director, 4:00 min., 2001)

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Selected Bibliography

Caribbean InTransit Journal The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts The Art of Reflection Dazed and Confused Resources for Feminist Research cover

Exhibition Catalogues & Pamphlets:

2017 Ghetto Biennale / Geto Byenal, 2009–2015 compiled by Leah Gordon. London: Central Books, 2017.
2014 Outgraced: Karen Miranda Augustine, exhibition essay by Rachel Gorman. Toronto: A Space Gallery, 2014, 4 pgs.
2009 CRUX Seventh Annual Juried Exhibit, produced by Trinity Presbyterian Church. Norfolk: Mayer Fine Art Gallery, 2009, 12 pgs.
1996 Image Dis: A Group Exhibition created by P. Afua Marcus with guest writer Alison Duke. Featuring: Karen Miranda Augustine, Nicole Peña, Stella Fakiyesi and P. Afua Marcus. Ottawa: Galerie SAW Video, 1996, 12 pgs.

Citations in Books:

2004 Carla Williams. "African-American and African Diaspora Art" in Claude J. Summers (Ed.), The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 2004, 13.
1997 Katherine Millersdaughter. "A Coincidence of Lipstick and Self-Revolution" in Laura Harris and Elizabeth Crocker (Eds.), Femme: Feminists, Lesbians, and Bad Girls. New York & London: Routledge, 1997, 122.
  Becki L. Ross. "'It's Merely Designed for Sexual Arousal': Interrogating the Indefensibility of Lesbian Smut" in Brenda Cossman et. al. (Eds.), Bad Attitude/s on Trial:  Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997, 188.
1996 Marsha Meskimmon. “The Body Politic: Sexual Violence” in The Art of Reflection: Women Artists' Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996, 180–182.

Citations in Periodicals & Blogs:

2017 Denise Benson. "Then & Now: Roxy Blu." Then & Now: Toronto Nightlife History. 13 January 2017. http://thenandnowtoronto.com/2017/01/then-now-roxy-blu-2/
  Yaniya Lee. "Black Canadian artists get the spotlight at the AGO's Wikipedia Wednesday event." NOW magazine. 11 January 2017. https://nowtoronto.com/art-and-books/art/this-ago-wikipedia-event-spotlights-black-artists/
2016 FAC Toronto. "FAC Residency Day 4." FAC Toronto. 18 May 2016. http://factoronto.tumblr.com/post/144552649685/fac-residency-day-4
  Jonsaba Jabbi. "Telling Our Stories: A (Very) Brief Overview of Black Activism for Arts and Social Change in Toronto." Sketch. 29 February 2016. http://sketch.ca/telling-our-stories-a-very-brief-history-of-black-activism-for-arts-and-social-change-in-toronto/#.V0Y8DL4YjOY
2015 Nanci Lee. "Feminist Arts Conference, Toronto." Nanci Lee. 28 September 2015. http://www.nancilee.ca/index.php?entry=entry150928-131811
  Kevin Plummer. "Historicist: Third World Books and Crafts." Torontoist. 07 February 2015. http://torontoist.com/2015/02/historicist-third-world-books-and-crafts/
2014 Larissa Lai. "Other Democracies: Writing Thru Race at the 20 Year Crossroad." Write: The Magazine of the Writers' Union of Canada. Volume 42, Number 2 (Fall 2014). http://www.writersunion.ca/web/Pages/Feature-Lai.html
  Denise Benson. "Then & Now: 52 Inc." Then & Now Toronto Nightlife History. 21 September 2014. http://thenandnowtoronto.com/2014/09/then-now-52-inc/
  Eleanor Marshall. "Seep II: Mirrors & Mires." The Student Newspaper. 04 October 2014. http://www.studentnewspaper.org/seep-ii-mirrors-mires/
  Rachel Gorman. "Outgraced: Karen Miranda Augustine." ARC Magazine. 20 June 2014. http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2014/06/outgraced-karen-miranda-augustine/
2012 David Frohnapfel. “Rhizomatic Curation: The 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince.” Caribbean InTransit Arts Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2 (March 2012), 110.
  Mademoiselle Petey. "Play Me I'm Yours: Pajaro Tropical — Dominica Piano." The Umbrella. 20 July 2012. http://mademoisellesumbrella.blogspot.ca/2012/07/play-me-im-yours-pajaro-tropical.html
  "Pianos take over Toronto to mark 3-year countdown to Pan Am Games." 680 News. 09 July 2012. http://www.680news.com/news/local/article/380792--pianos-take-over-toronto-to-mark-3-year-countdown-to-pan-am-games
  John Terauds. "On July 10, Toronto becomes latest city to join ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ street piano phenomenon." Musical Toronto: News, Interviews, Reviews and Commentary on Classical Music. 04 July 2012. http://musicaltoronto.org/2012/07/04/on-july-10-toronto-becomes-latest-city-to-join-play-me-im-yours-street-piano-phenomenon
  Michael Woods. "Come out and play, Toronto: Pan Am Games project puts 41 artist-decorated pianos throughout the city / 41 pianos, your hands: Public art project 'Play Me, I'm Yours' celebrates countdown to Pan Am Games." Toronto Star (Sunday, July 8, 2012) E1, E11.
  John Terauds. "Sneak peek: 'Paint me, I'm yours' is Toronto's twist on found piano fun." Musical Toronto: News, Interviews, Reviews and Commentary on Classical Music. 21 June 2012. http:// musicaltoronto.org/2012/06/21/sneak-peek-paint-me-im-yours-is-torontos-twist-on-found-piano-fun
  Tracey Moberly. "After the Earthquake: Artist Tracey Moberly Returns to Haiti for the Second Ghetto Biennale," Dazed & Confused, (May 2012), 40.
  Tracey Moberly. "Haiti Ghetto Biennale, Part Two," Freedom Press: Anarchist News and Views, vol. 73 (March 6, 2012), 23.
2011 Ivette Romero-Cesareo. "The Three Erzulies / Ezilis yo Twa." Repeating Islands: News and commentary on Caribbean culture, literature, and the arts. 08 December 2011. http://repeatingislands.com/2011/12/08/the-three-erzulies-ezilis-yo-twa
2010 Pamela Edmonds. "B(l)ack to the Drawing Board: Re(Envisioning) Art, Identity Politics, and African Canadian Feminisms." Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic. 2010. http://feministdialectic.ca/transcripts/Pamelaedmonds.pdf
  Joanne Mattera. “Marketing Mondays: A Week’s Worth of Useful Reading.” Joanne Mattera Art Blog. January  11, 2010. http://joannemattera.blogspot.com/2006/07/marketing-mondays-week-of-useful.html
2009 Angelica LeMinh. “North York Central – D/1 – September 16, ’09.” metro_textual. 20 September 2009. http://metrotextual.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/north-york-central-d1-september-16-09
2002 Meera Sethi. "The Mainstreaming of Dissent: Women Artists of Colour and Canadian Arts Institutions." Resources for Feminist Research/Documentation sur la recherche féministe (Winter 2002), 86.
1997 “The Art of Reflection.” The Art Book: Issues, News & Reviews, vol. 4, issue 3 (June 1997), 29–44.
1996 “At the Crossroads.” Broken Pencil. 1996.
  Amy Gottlieb.”Artist-Run Culture,” MIX: Magazine of Artist-Run Culture (Fall 1996).
1995 “Black History Month: Racing Issues of Sexuality,” XTRA! (February 17, 1995) no. 269, 27.
1991 Nancy Chater. “Someone Hume Happens to Be....” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics (Spring 1991), 12.

Interviews & Reviews:

2015 Anna Foran. "Meet the Artists: Karen Miranda Augustine." Feminist Art Conference." 14 July 2015. http://factoronto.tumblr.com/post/124092196505/meet-the-artists-karen-miranda-augustine
2014 Tiana Ried. "In Conversation: Karen Miranda Augustine." ARC Magazine. 04 July 2014. http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2014/07/in-conversation-karen-miranda-augustine
2013 Liana Voia. "Karen Miranda Augustine: Writer and Visual Artist." BlogTalk Radio (09 June 2013). http://www.blogtalkradio.com/multiple-arts/2013/06/09/karen-miranda-augustine-writer-and-visual-artist
2009 Desirée (D. Cole) Ossandon. “Shameless Women: Karen Miranda Augustine: Ritualistic Pop Artist.” Shameless Magazine: For Girls Who Get It. 17 September 2009. http://shamelessmag.com/blog/entry/karen-miranda-augustine-ritualistic-pop-artist
2004 Nicholas Davis. “Artist revisits how women portrayed: Karen Miranda Augustine tells Nicholas Davis she makes her subjects 'strong and sensual.'“ The Toronto Sun 8 November 2004: 22.
2001 JD, “Soundz n Music: DJ pussykhat,” Siren magazine (June/July 2001), 36.
2000 Ashante Infantry, “A positive spin on urban grooves,” The Toronto Star (Thursday, April 20, 2000), J4.
1997 Leigh Felesky. “Back of the Rack: That's Where Canada's Alternative Magazines Sit. Too Bad, Because They Provide a Valuable Forum for Dissident Voices.Ryerson Review of Journalism (Summer 1997), 23, 35–39.
  Holly Goes, “Honey, I rocked the house,” Eye Weekly (Thursday, June 5, 1997), 13.
1996 Lynn Beavis. “Telling Lives: Women and HIV.” Matriart: A Visual Arts Magazine, vol. 6, no. 2&3 (1996), 8–13.
1995 Judith Nicholson. “At the Crossroads: A Journal for Women Artists of African Descent.” Afterimage (June 1995), 27.
1994 Margaret Christakos and Amy Gottlieb. “Telling Lives: Women and HIV.” Parallélogramme: Contemporary Art, vol. 20, no. 3 (Winter 1994/95), 67.
1993 “Multiplying Desires.” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics, vol. 17, no. 2 (Winter 1993/94), 30.
  Christopher Eamon. “Gathering: The Memorial Project.” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics, vol. 16, no. 3 (Spring 1993), 40–41.
1992 Deirdre Hanna. “Gathering: The Memorial Project,” NOW magazine (November 5–12, 1992).
1991 Martha Judge. “Healing Images.” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics, vol. 15, no.1&2 (Fall 1991), 42–43.
  Ahmed Elamin. “Brave, Disturbing Show.” Share 17 March 1991: 17.
  Christopher Hume. “Reflections on Black History and Artists.” The Toronto Star 15 February 1991: D1 (Cover: Art Section), D14.
1990 Martha Judge. “Purple Haze: Irreverent Visions.” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics (Summer 1990), 45–47.


Radio & Television:

SexTV, CityTV, Toronto, 2001
Louise Bak and Coman Poon, Interview, Sex City, CIUT 89.5 FM, Toronto, 1999
Breakthrough Films, Women's Television Network , Toronto, 1996

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Publications (as Author or Artist)

Red Light Changing Identities Panache magazine cover Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly 3rd Floor art magazine


2007 The Rosedale Ain’thology. Ed. James Gunn, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, 2007.
2005 Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts. Ed. Anna Camilleri. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005.
2002 “bizarre women, exotic bodies & outrageous sex: or if annie sprinkle was a black ho she wouldn’t be all that,” reprinted in Stan Fogel and Lynette Thoman, Eds. Changing Identities: Reading and Writing Ourselves (Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2002) 81–85.
1995 “What Some Call Community, Others Call Clicks,” in Plural Desires: Writing Bisexual Women’s Realities. Ed. Bisexual Anthology Collective. Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1995.
1994 “bizarre women, exotic bodies & outrageous sex: or if annie sprinkle was a black ho she wouldn’t be all that,” reprinted in Mona Oikawa, Dionne Falconer and Ann Decter, Eds. RESIST! Essays Against a Homophobic Culture (Toronto: Women's Press, 1994) 44–49.
1992 “J/not in Me,” Forbidden Subjects: Lesbian Artists Self-Portraiture, Ed. Caffyn Kelley (Vancouver: Gallerie Women Artists' Monographs, 1992), 61–65.
  “Poem for Pat/on seeing an o’jays concert in buffalo,” reprinted in Getting Wet: Tales of Lesbian Seduction. Eds. Carol Allain and Rosamund Elwin (Toronto: Women’s Press, 1992).
1991 “JOE/Rape Poem” and “Lesbians Get AIDS,” reprinted in Piece of My Heart: A Lesbian of Colour Anthology, Ed. Makeda Silvera (Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1991). “JOE/Rape Poem” reprinted in The Queer Press Collective, Ed. Loving in Fear (Toronto: Queer Press, 1991).

Periodicals & Blogs:

2011 “Pomba Gira,” Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2011), 85.
  “She carries the power of lightning beneath her tongue” and “Contragun,” Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly, no. 1 (Winter 2010/11), 38, 40.
2010 "Aleks' Wonderland." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. March 2010. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2010/03/aleks-wonderland.html
2009 "Denise Alvarado's Mystic Voodoo." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. July 2009. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2009/10/denise-alvarados-mystic-voodoo.html
  "Greatest Hits: Abdul Mati Klarwein." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. July 2009. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2009/07/abdul-mati-klarwein.html
  "Remember: Gwendolyn Johnston & Washington Savage." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. May 2009. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2009/05/remember.html
2008 "Leslie Peters: To Serve and Protect." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. March 2009. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2009/04/leslie-peters-to-serve-and-protect.html
  "Creative Soulsters of All Time." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. January 2009. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2009/01/creative-soulsters-of-all-time.html
  "The Positively Revolting Art of JORIAL." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. August 2008. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2008/08/positively-revolting-art-of-jorial.html
  "Eyes of Understanding: Renée Stout Creates Vessels for the Spirits." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. July 2008. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2008/07/eyes-of-understanding-renee-stouts-art.html
  "Deanna Bowen's Art Imitates Life." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. June 2008. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2008/06/deanna-bowens-art-imitates-life.html
  "Rhonda Ratray's Miraculous Interventions." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. March 2008. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2008/03/rhonda-ratrays-miraculous-interventions.html
  "Hail Mary: An Interview with French Artist Soasig Chamaillard." Possession: All that is sacred in contemporary art. March 2008. http://www.possessionsessions.com/2008/03/hail-mary-interview-with-french-artist.html
2005 “Reach for the Ceiling,” 3rdfloor: a portable artspace, no. 3 (Fall 2005), 18.
2004 “revelations,” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, vol. 23, no.2 (Summer 2004), 124–126.
2003 “crush.,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 79 (Winter 2003), 25–32.
  “the queens. art project,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 79 (Winter 2003), 33–43.
2001 “Brick House,” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, vol. 21, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2001), 78.
2000 “Sapphire/on reading ‘a window opens,’” Strange Fruit: A Literary Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (Summer 2000), 16–17.
  “Who is Jill Scott?” The People Have Spoken, vol. 1, no. 3 (Summer 2000), 35.
  “Talking Visions: The Poetic Era of Ursula Rucker,” The People Have Spoken, vol. 1, no. 2 (Spring 2000), 31.
  “Michie Mee on this Mic,” The People Have Spoken, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2000), 31.
1999 “A Soulful Niche: Les Nubians,” Panache, vol. 6, no. 2 (Fall 1999), 86.
  “Strong Words for Coloured Girls: Ursula Rucker,” Panache, vol. 5, no. 4 (Spring 1999), 80–82.
1998 “Wade O. Brown,” NICHE Interactive Audio Magazine, vol. 1, no. 1 (Summer 1998).
1996 “Hot Steppers: Stompin’ Black ’96,” Umoja Publications, vol. 1, no. 2 (Fall 1996), 16–18.
1995 “reVIEW: John Singleton’s Higher Learning,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 49 (Summer 1995), 16–18.
1994 “bizarre women, exotic bodies & outrageous sex: or if annie sprinkle was a black ho she wouldn’t be all that,” reprinted in Border/Lines: Canada’s Magazine of Cultural Studies, no. 32 (1994), 22–24. Originally published in Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 42 (Winter 1994) 44–49.
  “Blacklisted: An Interview with Danny Tisdale,” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics, vol. 17, no. 3 (Spring 1994), 44–45.
1993 “Breaking Crackers: Profile of diaspora Magazine,” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics, vol. 17, no. 2 (Winter 1993/94), 45–46.
  “givin’ props 2 da boyz: a black review of the festival of festivals,” FUSE: Art, Media & Politics, vol. 17, no. 2 (Winter 1993/94), 41–42.
  “Pop Art & Politics: An Interview with Christopher Estridge,” XTRA!, no. 233 (October 1st, 1993), 25.
1991 “Poem for Pat/on seeing an o’jays concert in buffalo,” Diversity: The Lesbian Rag, vol. 4, no. 4 (December 1991), 22–23.
  “JOE/Rape Poem,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 33 (Summer 1991), 19–24.
  “Science Experiments and Geography,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 32 (Spring 1991), 44–47.
1990 “Lesbians Get AIDS,” Matriart: A Canadian Feminist Art Journal, issue 1, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 1990), 11.
  “Open Your Eyes and Listen,” Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly, no. 31 (Fall 1990), 23–28.

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Grants / Residencies / Awards

2014 Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2012 Creative Writing Residency, Artscape Gibraltor Point, Toronto Island
2011 Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2009 Third Prize, "CRUX," Mayer Fine Art Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
2008 Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2002 Works-in-Progress, Ontario Arts Council
2001/00 Writers Reserve, Ontario Arts Council
1996/94 Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
1994 Grants to Writers, Toronto Arts Council
1994/93 Writers Reserve, Ontario Arts Council
1992 Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
  Writers Reserve, Ontario Arts Council



Independent Arts Publishing

Artist Business Blog Publisher, The Artist’s Business Digest (2009-present)
Art Blog Publisher, POSSESSION: All that is sacred in contemporary art (2008-11)
Founding Editor, At the Crossroads: A Journal for Women Artists of African Descent (1992-97)



Course Instructor, “DON’T GET GOOD AT WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE DOING: Business Development Intensive for Self-Employed Artists & Healers” (2009-present)

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Selected Artist Talks / Panels

2016 Feminist Art Conference (FAC) Residency
"Take My Tears"
Artist Talk
Artscape Gilbratar Point, Toronto Island
17 May 2016
  The May First Thursday: Postcards from the Edge
"Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s"
Pop-up Talk
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
05 May 2016
  Meta-Figure: The Body in Paint studio/seminar course
Artist Talk | Instructor Ilene Sova
Faculty of Art, OCAD University, Toronto
07 April 2016
2015 Feminist Art Conference
"Looking Forward, Looking Back"
Guest Artist Q&A | Moderated by Sandra Haar
OCAD University, Toronto
27 September 2015
  Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time Symposium
"Exploring Basquiat's Legacy"
Panelist with Fab 5 Freddy, Christian Campbell, and Dana Michel
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
28 March 2015
2014 "Outgraced"
Artist Talk
A Space Gallery, Toronto
05 July 2014
  The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation Conference
Artist Presentation
OCAD University, Toronto
21–22 February 2014
1999 FUSE: Art, Media, & Politics magazine
“Funding Policies & the State of the Arts”
The Rivoli, Toronto
06 November 1999
1998 Women in Urban Music Seminar
“Women DJ”
Harris Institute for the Arts, Toronto
1996 Reclaiming the Sisterhood: 1996 Black Women’s Conference
“Supporting Arts and Culture”
Guest Artist with Sandra Brewster
York University, Toronto
1994 Writing Thru Race: Conference of First Nations Writers & Writers of Colour
“Say What? The Politics of Magazine Publishing”
Panelist with Neesha Dosanjh, Maureen Henry, Kyo Maclear, Greg Younging, Ashok Mathur, and Mark Nakada
Writers Union of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia
1993 Upfront: The Community Speaks
“The Politics of Desire: Pornography, Erotica, Freedom of Expression”
Panelist with Karen Busby, Susan G. Cole, Suman Goyal, and Becki Ross
Water’s Edge Café, York Quay Centre
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
01 October 1993
  Beyond the Boundaries Conference
“Forbidden Subjects: Lesbian Artists”
Panelist with Tee A. Corinne and Caffyn Kelley (Gallerie: Women Artists’ Monographs)
Women’s Caucus for Art, Seattle, Washington
03 February 1993


Professional Credits

Yumart Press, Book Editor & Designer, Toronto (2014)
Queerstory App, Publicist, Toronto (2014)
ArtSync TV (Rogers Television), Advising Communications Director (2012)
Ontario Arts Council (Visual Arts Projects), Juror (2012)
Ontario Arts Council, African-Canadian Artist Consultation Committee (2011)
Ontario Arts Council (Access & Career Development), Juror (2009)
Toronto Small Press Book Fair, Committee Member (2009)
Charles Street Video, Board of Directors (2005-08)
Riverdale Art Walk, Juror (2007)
Ontario Arts Council (Works in Progress), Juror (2005)
CKLN 88.1 FM Radio, Radio Host (1992-2004)
Toronto Arts Council (Grants to Writers), Juror (2004)
Scream Literary Festival, Board of Directors (2004/03)
Ontario Arts Council (Grants to Literary Organizations), Juror (1996)
Griots Speak: Black Writers Conference, Organizing Committee (1996)
FUSE: Art, Media, Politics magazine, Editorial Board (1993/94)

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Access Copyright
CARFAC Ontario (Canadian Artists' Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens)
CARCC (Canadian Artists' Representation Copyright Collective)


Master of Arts
Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
York University, Toronto
Departments: Fine Arts, Women’s Studies, Humanities
Thesis: “Paradise Jacked: Primitivism, Disidentification & Feminist Cultural Practice” (PDF).

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