Salima Punjani is an Access Activator, M.S.W. and Multisensory Artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is particularly interested in how biological data can be transformed to create artful experiences of empathy and connection. Her recent projects include The Cost of Entry is a Heartbeat, a collective rest experience using heartbeat data and sounds recorded in Budapest’s thermal baths. Progression, a real-time immersive multisensory installation that explores the narratives of people living with multiple sclerosis fused with brainwaves and MRI scans. Konbit Anba Soley, an interactive documentary about a social movement in Cité Soleil, Haiti as well as Moms of Montreal, a multicultural photographic storytelling project offering an intimate view into the recipes and stories of families in Montreal. She recently completed a Master’s in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal with a specific focus on the intersection between the arts and care work and is a trained Access Activator.
She is currently focusing on developing a methodology for tactile photography and applying an access lens to spatial sound technology. She has an upcoming exhibition in 2021 at Ada X in Montreal.
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