Join the Hart House Student Art Committee for our annual artWORK Conference! This event highlights the diverse career opportunities within Toronto's artistic communities outside the university's bounds. Hear from artists, curators, and arts professionals about their current work and experience transitioning into the professional art world.
This year we've invited multi-disciplinary artist Golboo Amani, artist and U of T Professor Patrick Cruz, digital media artist Shirin Fahimi, and artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache. Each of our speakers comes from a diverse cultural background, and they will be sharing their experiences as professionals working within the art industry.
Join us on April 5th from 5 - 8 pm at Hart House! All are welcome!
Multi-disciplinary Artist, Educator, and Curator
Golboo Amani is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and curator best known for their performance and social practice works. Amani produces sites for aesthetic intervention by utilizing ready-made and familiar social engagements as a point of entry in their practice. Amani’s work often examines their relationship to learning by addressing the conditions of knowledge production that render epistemic violence as invisible, insignificant and benign. As a result, Amani works often experiment with collective agency and egalitarian epistemology by producing sites where one gets to play with pedagogy.
Amani’s work has been presented their work nationally and internationally in venues including the Toronto Biennial of Art, New York University, Creative Time Summit, Art Gallery of Ontario, Articule, XPACE Artist-Run Centre, Hemispheric Institute, Union Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, Rats9 Gallery, Rhubarb Festival, FADO Emerging Artist Series, TRANSMUTED International Festival of Performance Art (Mexico City), 221A Artist-Run Centre, and the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art. Curatorial projects include; 7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art, PUSH.PULL: QTBIPOC Cabaret and Performance Art, 7A*MD8: Performance for the Camera, Sidewalk Screenings.
Artis and Educator
Born in Quezon City, Philippines in 1987 and currently living in Toronto, Canada. Patrick Cruz is an artist and educator who draws from aspects of diasporic experience, clownhood and folk spirituality. He received the Thirteen Artist Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2021, was long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2019, and won the 17th RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2015. Cruz is an Assistant Professor in Studio Art at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough and Daniels campuses and is a co-founder of the Kamias collective which hosts and organizes the Kamias Triennial. Cruz studied Painting at the University of The Philippines Diliman and holds a certificate in Pochinko Clowning, a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from the University of Guelph.
Cruz has presented work both nationally and internationally at venues such as, the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA); The Art Center of Chulangkorn (Bangkok, TH); Contemporary Art Gallery, (Vancouver, CA); Whose Museum (Malmӧ, SE); Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, CA); Project Panjee (Montreal, CA) Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Vancouver, CA); Cultural Center of The Philippines (Manila, PH); Vargas Museum (Manila, PH); Obrera Centro (Mexico City, MX); Feldfünf (Berlin, DE); Oakville galleries (Oakville, CA); 1st Manila Biennale (Manila, PH); Gasworks (London, UK); 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo, JP) Gallery TPW (Toronto, CA); Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, CA); Or Gallery Berlin (Berlin, DE).
Shirin Fahimi is a digital artist based in Canada, born in Iran. She investigates the colonial dichotomies of rationalism and superstition, as well as the ways in which women negotiate visibility in the political arena in Islamic societies through digital world-making. Her research is influenced by Islamic mysticism literature and magic in Iranian society and diasporic communities.
Since 2016, she has developed her practice into a body of works, multi-media installations, performances, and extended reality series based on the Islamic, binary code, method of divination called Ilm-al-Raml, known as geomancy. She uses this divination as a methodology to navigate uncertainties and to access past, future and present possibilities.
She has also presented her work at art venues such as Savvy Contemporary, Counter Pulse, and The Rubin Museum of Art.
Dainesha Nugent-Palache (b. Toronto, ON.) holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (2016) where she was the recipient of The Dorothy Hoover Research Award, and OCAD University Photography Faculty and Friends Award. Her work has been exhibited Nationally through venues such as Patel Brown, the National Gallery of Canada, The Portrait Gallery of Canada, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Ontario, TRUCK Contemporary and the McMaster Musuem of Art, and internationally in New York, Finland, and Vienna. Her work can be found in The Wedge Collection, Toronto Dominion Bank Art Collection, EQ Bank Art collection, as well as several private collections. Nugent-Palache was a 2021 recipient of the Scotia Bank New Generation Photography Award. She currently lives and works in Toronto, ON. and is a founding member of Toronto artist collective and gallery the plumb.
Through her performative video works and photographs, Nugent-Palache explores the dichotomies and paradoxes inherent in representations of Afro-Caribbean femininities. Nugent-Palache’s artwork flirts with anthropological and archeological realms, often produced as a result of her familial digging. Her practice is concerned with visualizations of Black diaspora across pasts, presents, and speculative futures, producing portraits and other still life-based works. With an exuberant approach to colour and display, Daineshas work often negotiates with forms of glamour, excess, and other photographic strategies inherent to the visual cultures of capitalism.
Art Committee Education & Outreach Co-Chair
Rania Haider is an undergraduate student at the Daniels Faculty specializing in Visual Studies Studio Stream. As a student she loves exploring new artists and engaging with the local art community at the University of Toronto as well as meeting those with a similar interest in the arts.
Art Committee Education & Outreach Co-Chair
Shreya Patki is a UofT Masters Student and Co-Chair of the Education and Outreach Sub-committee at Hart House Art Committee. She enjoys art and planning and promoting art committee events which showcase amazing talent in the Toronto community.