Directory

The Arts and Activism Directory (AAD) is co-produced by Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability. AAD is meant to recognize, commemorate, and document activism in the arts. The purpose is to highlight and profile artists who are exploring activism and social, cultural and political resistance in their practice.

We use the term “activist art” to refer to Disability art, d/Deaf art, Mad art, aging and e/Elder art, fat art, and Indigenous art. This directory can be used as a resource tool for artists, curators, programmers, researchers and the general public to discover, connect with and directly engage with artists and their work.

Head and shoulder shot of a woman dressed in a black polo neck sweater and wearing a black wig over her face against a black background. Only her neck and chin are visible.

Alexa Wright

Alexa Wright is a visual artist based in London, UK. Her practice spans a range of media, including photography, video, sound, interactive installation and book

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Allyson Mitchell

Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working in sculpture, performance, installation and film. Her practice melds feminism and pop culture to investigate contemporary ideas about

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The artist stands to the right side of the frame, looking at a wall full of 200 8"x10" portraits. The colours are brilliant.

Bruce Horak

Legally Blind performer/creator for over 25 years, Bruce Horak was born in Calgary, Alberta and has exhibited his work across Canada and abroad. He lost

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A cropped photo of a white woman with her mouth slightly open which fills most of the frame. She is holding a plastic dental flosser in her mouth with one hand. There is a pale blue background.

Carrie Perreault

Working primarily in sculpture and performance, Carrie Perreault balances resistance and restraint in onerous actions that recount long-term precarity. In making her work, she expends

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Chris ‘Bucko’ Binkowski

Chris ‘Bucko’ Binkowski currently lives and works in Ottawa, ON. Bucko is an emerging multidisciplinary artist working primarily in electronic music performance and abstract paintings.

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Chris Dodd performing Deafy at the SummerWorks Performance Festival. Chris wears a white shirt, tan vest and blue tie and is signing animatedly to the audience. Surtitles displayed behind him read "He told me it's true. His friend, Josh, took the driver's test."

Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd is an Edmonton-based Deaf performing artist, playwright, accessibility advocate and Governor General Innovation Award finalist. He is the founder and artistic director of

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Christine Negus

Christine Negus is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who received the National Film Board of Canada’s Best Emerging Canadian Video/Filmmaker award through Images Festival in

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Connor Yuzwenko-Martin

Connor Yuzwenko-Martin is descended from settlers, and recognizes and strives every day to honour and act upon the fact that his work and accomplishments take

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A photo of David Bobier.

David Bobier

As a hard of hearing and disabled media artist David Bobier’s creative practice is centred on researching and expanding vibrotactile technology and multi-sensory artistic modalities

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Still image taken from a video. A person is reclined in front of a large glass display filled with gems and minerals.

Diane Borsato

Diane Borsato (BFA York University, MFA Concordia University, MA Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) was awarded the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton

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Eli Clare, sporting a buzz cut and wearing a dark shirt, stands at a microphone, reading. His arms are outstretched. Behind him are projected words from the CART captions. To the right is a quote from Alice Sheppard that reads, "Eli Clare makes new worlds out of raw truths and transcendent beauty, inviting us to imagine."

Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a

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A photo of Erin hanging upside down in the air on a single rope that is suspended from the ceiling.

Erin Ball

Erin Ball is a Mad, Disabled circus artist and coach based in Kingston, Ontario. She runs and owns Kingston Circus Arts; a circus space created

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Screenshot from video of "The Gift" performance. Linnea Gwiazda and Maxine Segalowitz are pictured.

Ingrid Bachmann

Ingrid Bachmann is a Montreal artist who works in multiple formats including kinetic and interactive sculptures and installations, drawing, sound and video. She works with

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Jeff Thomas

Jeff Thomas is an independent curator and photographer who deals, in examination of his own history and identity, with issues of aboriginality that have arisen

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A photo of Jessica standing beside and touching her artwork in a gallery. A tactile rug in shades of pink, blue, purple, and yellow hangs on the wall. Jessica is wearing all black and smiling. She has long hair and glasses.

Jessica Watkin

Jessica Watkin is a PhD Candidate and artist living in Toronto. She is Blind and Disabled, and uses this to fuel her work. She is

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A black and white selfie of Max Ferguson.

Max Ferguson

Max (formerly Sarah) Ferguson has been a practicing artist since 1996 and received his BFA from the University of Regina in 2001. He graduated with an

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Michel Dumont

Michel Dumont is a queer Métis two spirited artist who enjoys breathing new life into discarded vintage tile by making mosaic pieces. Working with shattered

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