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About the Artists

Nyda Kwasowsky 

(photo credit Christine Skowron) 

My language is the moving body and my practice is used as a tool for healing. Creating space to reveal our vulnerability, where listening and storytelling can foster human connections and collective care. This body has the role of remembering, dance as the action that collects us. My work centers around loss, grief and belonging. Transforming memories and histories from colonial supremacies. To voice and empower marginalized experience, to access empowerment. 

Indo-Guyanese and British Ukranian, my ‘moving body’ echoes the fluidity and ambiguity of my identity. I

score multidisciplinary improvisational explorations, using sensation to create emotional environments. My presence in this racialized body is connected to the past, to histories and the dreams of emergent futures.Creating a ritualist relationship to place and time. I hope to generate undefinable states that are sourced and shared through somatics. Where non-definitive synesthetic relationships become an opportunity to form connections that push at the boundaries of who and what we can be together. 

Based in Tkaronto/Toronto, ON Canada 

Marina Stojkovic 

(photo credit Kate Burns)

I was born in Serbia, Belgrade in 1992. Now I live and work as an artist in Toronto. My artistic practice is a visual depiction of the diasporic affect with focus on ‘inter-subjectivity’; the shared transience of a lived, human experience. 

“You are a castle, neither in the sky, nor on the ground.” 

-A Serbian fable 

To adapt, we must navigate between the limitations of imposed cultural standards and what others define as tangible. 

My artwork employs transient objects – lost or abandoned – that become the subject and metaphor for diasporic themes and re-invented narratives. 

Overall, my pieces evoke a form of discomforting nostalgia – a dreamlike state, where human forms become both one and separate, depicting the surrealism of the human condition. My work is made within the realm of installation, painting, canvas, drawings, found objects and wood on panel. I also apply my process in other fields such as silver work, fashion, and ceramics.