I am a community organizer, dance and performance artist, and music-maker currently based in Toronto. For the past fifteen years, I have been involved with struggles for social and land-based justice, including anti-mining activism, organizing alongside migrant workers, particularly racialized migrant women with precarious status, and supporting the fight against racist anti-terrorism laws.
I was born and raised in South-Western Ontario in an interracial immigrant family in the 1980s (Kashmiri father, English mother), and I experience the world as a racialized woman. I am queer and enjoy all of the ways that comes out in my art. I experience disability due to long-term chronic pain and illness, resulting in a presence in my movement practice I never would have had access to had I not been forced to listen to my body so intently.
I am one of five founding artists of The Switch Project, a collective of political interdisciplinary Queer, Trans & Two Spirit performers, co-creating new methodologies and political performance materials for the public sphere. In 2018 we engaged in a site-specific process in Toronto’s Gay Village, with performances during Pride Toronto and as artists-in-residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
In my art practice today in Toronto, I bring together movement-based storytelling, live soundscape creation, installation, and video performance. I do solo and group work in traditional performance venues and in the streets. I’m interested in exploring race, gender, and justice through dance and music because I genuinely believe that it is through somatic connection to the futures we yearn for that we can experience freedom, even if only for moments at a time.