Vivardy Boursiquot, President
Vivardy Boursiquot is a photographer and a student in Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He is interested in the relationship between community and the individual, more specifically in how social norms affect the identity-building process. His current work focuses on neoliberalism, the perception of reality and the sense of belonging. www.vivardyboursiquot.com
Nazik Dakkach, Treasurer
Born in Casablanca, Nazik Dakkach currently lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) where she is an MA candidate in Art History at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research mobilizes hauntological study and examines the western canon in an attempt to reach safe places for decolonial art historical discourse. Currently working as Exhibitions and Communications Manager at SBC Contemporary Art Gallery, she is also an independent curator and pursues an art practice within the transdisciplinary collective Artivistic.
Nima Esmailpour, Vice-President
Nima Esmailpour is an art historian and educator based in Montreal. He graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with an MA in Art & Politics and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. His research examines shifts in art production enabled by discursive and institutional (trans)formations in the Middle East. Nima is the co-founder of Taklif: تکلیف.
Megan Mericle, Secretary
Megan Mericle is an artist, writer, researcher and activist who lives and works in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). She recently worked under the artist Nadia Myre, and earned her Master’s degree in Art History from McGill University and a BFA from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, in Treaty 7 territory. Her mixed-media installation work combines photography, collage, drawing, video, and sculptures made from recovered plastics to address environmentalism, surveillance, and the effects of capitalism and colonialism. Megan also volunteers at organizations that combat food insecurity, and has significant experience working for labour unions in the university context.
Rose-Anne St-Paul, Administrator
Rose-Anne St-Paul is a community-based researcher and project coordinator whose focus is mental health and social inclusion. She is interested in studying and developing design practices that promote change, social equity and wellness. She is also a writer working on visual projects that promote the representation of marginalized groups in her city, Montreal.
Hannah Strauss is currently a Masters in Fine Arts candidate at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. She works between drawing, printmaking, and sculpture, and teaches writing and printmaking. Her practice as an artist is concerned with vestiges of history; the material and linguistic traces which reveal something about both fear and desire, especially in the context of post-apartheid South Africa.