Announcing this year’s Mentorship group

This year’s Artist Book Mentorship & Creation Program is underway with a great new group of mentors and mentees. Participants will work together over the period of a year to explore their practice through the artist book genre and create a new work.

Hassaan Ashraf will be mentored by Ashok Mathur:

Hassaan Ashraf is a multi-disciplinary artist who moved to Winnipeg in 2012 to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. His work reflects on his journey as a displaced artist, dealing with themes of cross-cultural experience, diaspora, homesickness, culture shock, global culture, post-colonialism, politics and the west’s discomfort with alien cultures. To express these ideas, Ashraf draws on his own experience as a Lahori who had never been a part of a diaspora, had never lived as a minority, and had never even been to a foreign country before coming to Winnipeg, Canada. His work reexamines everyday experiences he had during his life in Lahore, including customary modes of transportation, pastimes like kite flying, the Urdu language, and everyday life with the convenience of live-in servants. These practices, which were a part of a daily routine, ended when he came to Manitoba.

Ashok Mathur is a writer, artist, and cultural organizer, currently Dean of Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. He has published numerous books of creative fiction and has also published/produced various book-works in multiple forms.


 Muñoz Gomez will be mentored by Patrick Cruz:

Mariana Muñoz Gomez is an emerging artist and writer based in Winnipeg, MB/Treaty 1 Territory. She is a co-founder of zine and curatorial collectives Sappho Zine Collective, Carnation, and Calling Card, and is part of the Mujer Artista Collective. Mariana‘s visual practice is situated at the intersection of identity, place, representation, and language. These topics are negotiated through manipulating familiar forms and employing strategies of interference within a variety of media including text works, screenprints, photography and video. Her work is informed by intersectional feminism and topics of diaspora and displacement.

Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist living and working between Toronto, Canada and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied Painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and holds a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has presented work across North America, Europe and South East Asia. Cruz is the founder of Kamias Special Projects, an artist-run space in Quezon City, Philippines that hosts the Kamias Triennial; an educational week-long event that serves as a platform for cross-cultural exchange. To date, Cruz has produced numerous projects, curatorial initiatives and collaborative performances including 29 solo exhibitions and 44 group exhibitions. Cruz’s recent solo and group exhibitions include Franz Kaka (Toronto, CA), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver, CA), Mo_space (Manila, PH), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, CA), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton, CA), Nanaimo Art Gallery (Nanaimo, CA), The Art Center of Chulangkorn (Bangkok, TH), Or Gallery Berlin (Berlin, DE), Vargas Museum (Manila, PH), Nada NY (New York, USA) and Material Art Fair (Mexico City, MX).

melannie monoceros will be mentored by Erika DeFreitas:

melannie (mg) monoceros is a poet and artist exploring polysensory production through text/ile, performance, and installation. They live and work on the traditional land of the  Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations, otherwise known as Treaty One territories/Winnipeg, MB. They have presented work at the Mayworks Festival Toronto, ON (2015), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Toronto, ON (2016), the National Arts Centre Ottawa, ON (2017), and the Dawson City International Short Film Festival (2018). monoceros was honored with the Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence at Tangled Art + Disability (2014) and was a VONA fellow with mentor Staceyann Chin (2014). They have since been awarded grants from the Canada, Ontario, and Toronto Arts Councils in 2016, 2017, and 2018. melannie has enjoyed being a guest lecturer at the Yukon School of Visual Arts, Concordia University, Ontario College of Art and Design, and Ryerson University. melannie’s writing has appeared in The Peak, Make/Shift Magazine, and When Language Runs Dry. Currently melannie is at work on a project titled “a n c e s t o r a d i o”. Tuning the Ocean, the first of the series, exhibited as part of TSG: Uprising at the Gladstone Hotel Gallery in 2017. During the winter of 2018, melannie was on residency on the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation/Dawson City, Yukon as part of The Weight of Mountains filmmaking residency. melannie is gracious to have been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Composite Grant to continue and complete their film and literary projects. They also look forward to participating in the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) beginnning Fall 2018.

Erika DeFreitas is a Scarborough-based artist whose practice includes the use of performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, works on paper, and writing. Placing an emphasis on process, gesture, the body, documentation, and paranormal phenomena, she works through attempts to understand concepts of loss, post-memory, inheritance, and objecthood.

DeFreitas’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at Project Row Houses and the Museum of African American Culture, Houston; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg; and Gallery 44, Toronto. A recipient of the Toronto Friends of Visual Artist’ 2016 Finalist Artist Prize, the 2016 John Hartman Award, and longlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award, she has also been awarded several grants from the Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.

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