Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, QC and Tkaronto/Toronto, ON | Canada
This book brings together nine personal explorations and reflections on the author/artists praxis. The essays pertain to the project Yours to Discover (2019-2020), named after the former slogan for tourism Ontario. The writings in this collection focus on grappling with the identity of being an immigrant settler in so-called Canada, fitting into the myth of multiculturalism, and using techniques such as humor, re-performance and family archive to make work palatable for the wider art world. The pieces range in format from research-based, narrative, manifesto, to personal emails. Read a review of this work by Luther Konadu on thisispublicparking.com.
Zinnia Naqvi is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal and Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work examines issues of colonialism, cultural translation, language, and gender through the use of photography, video, writing, and archival material. Recent works have included archival and re-staged images, experimental documentary films, video installations, graphic design, and elaborate still-lives. Her works often invite the viewer to question her process and working methods.
Naqvi’s work has been shown across Canada and internationally. She received an honorable mention at the 2017 Karachi Biennale in Pakistan and was an Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group. She is a recipient of the 2019 New Generation Photography Award organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in partnership with Scotiabank. She earned a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University.