Voices Artist Roundtable Discussion on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

“Voices” Artist Roundtable Discussion on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Saturday, January 14 from 1-3pm, at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and Online

Join us in person or online for an artist roundtable discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts as we close our Voices exhibition. Artists Behnaz Fatemi, Heidi McKenzie, and Jonah Strub will each present an artist talk on their work, followed by a roundtable discussion and Q&A moderated by Aaron Francis.

Click here to register to attend in-person.

The talk will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page. Click here to RSVP.

For more information on the Voices exhibition, visit our website.

Thank you to The Canadian Race Relations Foundation and The Musagetes Fund, held at Waterloo Region Community Foundation for their generous support of this exhibition and event.

About the Speakers

Behnaz Fatemi was born in Iran and moved to Canada in 2018. She received her BFA in Iran and is an MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo from 2022-2024. Fatemi is an interdisciplinary artist based in the KW region. Her work has been exhibited throughout Iran and Canada. She expresses her artistic ideas mainly in drawing, sculpture, and installation, focusing on the deep connection between humans and their behaviors. Fatemi was the 2020-2021 Kitchener Artist in Residence. At the same year, she was one of the members of Art$pay. Fatemi received Arts Awards Waterloo Region in the Emerging Artist category in 2020.

Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. Heidi is informed by her mixed-race Indo-Trinidadian/Irish-American heritage. Her work seeks to reinvigorate modernism through abstraction and engages issues of race, identity, ancestry, archive and migration as well as body and healing. The recipient of numerous awards, Heidi has exhibited internationally. Heidi has worked as an artist-in-residence in China, Indonesia, Hungary, Denmark, Australia and Canada. Heidi participated in the World Indian Diaspora Congress in Trinidad, 2020, and her upcoming solo exhibition at the Gardiner Museum, (spring 2023) continues to explore the little-known histories of Indo-Caribbean indentureship through a feminist lens.

Jonah Strub is a Toronto based, gay, Jewish artist who works predominantly in the realms of painting, sculpture, and ceramics. His artwork is a visual love letter to the aesthetics of camp, kitsch, musical theatre, Yiddish humour, and drag. Jonah’s art explores his relationship to his own femininity, where he uses his drag alter ego, Loxanne Creamcheese, to find power in his flamboyancy and visually assert himself in a way that is impossible to ignore. By using humour, bright colours, animal prints, Muppets, and bushels of body hair, Jonah hopes to create conversations around the true meanings of masculinity, femininity, and outrageous up-dos in a society that has too many gender restrictions and not enough cheetah print.

Aaron T. Francis is a doctoral student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo, researching the political economic intersections of China-US-Taiwan relations in Latin America and The Caribbean. Aaron is also an archivist, curator and the founder of Vintage Black Canada, a multidisciplinary creative initiative documenting the transnational modern history of the African Diaspora in Canada, often with specific reference to Kitchener-Waterloo.

About the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is a long-standing site of excellence and a destination for contemporary art for international tourists and regional citizens. We present critically acclaimed exhibitions that challenge ideas and perceptions of the definitions of art, craft and design today. The Gallery is a relevant and dynamic cultural organization providing supportive education programs to people from across the region. Using exhibitions as a starting point, individuals develop arts vocabulary and appreciation and cultivate confidence in their interpretation of contemporary artworks. For more information, visit: www.theclayandglass.ca


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