Staff

Indu Vashist

Indu Vashist

Executive Director
Indu Vashist

Indu Vashist

Executive Director

Indu Vashist has served as the Executive Director of SAVAC since 2013. Currently, she is serving her second term on Executive of the Board of MANO (Media Arts Network of Ontario), she sits on the Advisory Board of Blackwood Gallery, and the Advisory Council for Creative Time Summit hosted by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

She has written and published extensively including: “Redefining South Asia without Borders.” (Art Gallery of Mississauga, 2013); “From Collective to Institution.” (Surrey Art Gallery, 2015); “Family Photo Album.” (Art Asia Pacific Vol 95, Sept/Oct 2015); “What do you do?: Basil AlZeri’s You Do What You Love Because You Do One Two, and More Than Two.”  (University of Waterloo Art Gallery, publication forthcoming).

Prior to working at SAVAC, she had been equally splitting her time between India and Canada. In India, she worked with artist, queer and feminist arts organizations and collectives: Bombay-based Queer Nazariya International Film Festival, Delhi-based Nigah Media Collective, and Madras-based Marappacchi Theatre Group.

indu@savac.net

Toleen Touq

Toleen Touq

Programming Coordinator
Toleen Touq

Toleen Touq

Programming Coordinator

Toleen Touq is a curator, cultural producer and writer who has recently moved to Toronto. Her approach takes site-responsiveness as a methodology to build radical pedagogical platforms and alternative knowledge systems. Previously based out of Amman, Jordan, she co-founded Spring Sessions (www.thespringsessions.com), an annual residency program that brings together 20 artists, scholars and cultural practitioners in a collaborative and experiential learning environment for 100 days every spring. She also initiated The River Has Two Banks (www.theriverhastwobanks.net), a multi-disciplinary platform that addresses the historical, political and mobility commonalities between Jordan and Palestine. Her writings have been published with Ibraaz, A Prior, Manifesta Journal and others. She has received several fellowships from the Clore Leadership Program (UK), the Berlin Biennale (Germany), Art Dubai (UAE) and the Franchise Award from Apexart Gallery (NY). Over the past decade, she has worked as a mentor for emerging artists and looks forward to bringing her expertise to Toronto.

toleen@savac.net

Sajdeep Soomal

Sajdeep Soomal

Communications Coordinator
Sajdeep Soomal

Sajdeep Soomal

Communications Coordinator

Sajdeep Soomal is a researcher, archivist and emerging curator based in Toronto, ON who was initially hired to complete a three-year oral history project about the Toronto-based South Asian arts festival Desh Pardesh (1988-2001) with the launch of a digital archive and podcast series. As Communications Coordinator, Sajdeep has designed a new visual brand and website for the organization and revitalized its social media presence. Prior to working at SAVAC, Sajdeep was a research assistant at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where they assisted with exhibition planning and conducted collections research.

Researching the relationship between the market, visuality and activism, other projects have explored drone economies, queer prison abolition, suicide memorials, and family photography. Soomal also works as a Collections and Outreach Assistant at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) and a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto. Out of the office, Sajdeep re-invents their many personas – expect more Punjabi boliyan, a few Pakistani pop songs from the 80s and–of course–her laal dupatta.

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Board of Directors

Aaditya Aggarwal

Aaditya Aggarwal

Board Member
Aaditya Aggarwal

Aaditya Aggarwal

Board Member

Aaditya Aggarwal is an aspiring filmmaker and photographer working at Canadian Art. He studied Film and Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Toronto and worked on the Not A Place On A Map: The Desh Pardesh Project in collaboration with SAVAC. Along with editorial work for Camera Stylo and Arbor Journal, he is also a contributing writer to The New Inquiry and Mask Magazine, among other publications. He is interested in documenting family life, matter and oral histories.

Marina Fathalla

Marina Fathalla

Board Member
Marina Fathalla

Marina Fathalla

Board Member

Marina Fathalla is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto. She received her MFA from OCAD University, and holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Her projects are fueled by a particular sensitivity to site, at the intersection of its poetics and its politics. She explores modes of preserving land history, and strategies for preservation in conversation with museology. With published writing in Kapsula Magazine co-presented with SAVAC for the issue Spaceless Place, CMagazine, she is currently participating in a writer’s mentorship with Y+ Contemporary.

Shirin Haghgou

Shirin Haghgou

Board Member
Shirin Haghgou

Shirin Haghgou

Board Member

Shirin Haghgou has lived, worked, and attended university in Toronto over the course of the past decade. Her academic interests lie in the intersection of cultural production, memorialization, radical-feminism, and nationalism. For seven consecutive years, she served on the organizing committee of the Toronto Palestine Film Festival, and is actively involved in numerous cultural and political organizing initiatives in the city. She currently works as a coordinator for a project delivering culturally and historically relevant curriculum to high school students in Ontario.

Serene Husni

Serene Husni

Board Member
Serene Husni

Serene Husni

Board Member

Serene Husni is a filmmaker, translator, and video journalist. She holds an MFA in documentary Media from Ryerson University.  Her first film Zinco chronicles the evolution of construction material used in building Palestinian refugee homes in Al Talbieh (Zizya) camp in Jordan, over a period spanning 45 years. Serene is a co-founder of Aramram, an Arabic-speaking web television based in Amman, and is part of Dalaala, an Arabic-English translation collective based in Toronto. Currently, she is working with three camera operators documenting life in times of war in three rebel-held Syrian cities. She is also working on her second film which asks what it means to be Palestinian if one has never lived under occupation.

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Rahim Jamal

Rahim Jamal

Board Member
Rahim Jamal

Rahim Jamal

Board Member

Rahim Jamal is a lawyer at Pinto Wray James LLP specializing in civil litigation, administrative law, and employment/human rights law. He has worked pro bono for the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, Law Help Ontario, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. While attending Osgoode Hall Law School, Rahim served as President of the South Asian Law Students’ Association, a caseworker in the Immigration and Refugee Law division of Parkdale Community Legal Services, and a member of the Faculty Council Equality Committee. Rahim holds a Masters from the London School of Economics, where he studied in the Race, Ethnicity, and Post-Colonial Studies program.

Sarah Malik

Sarah Malik

Board Member
Sarah Malik

Sarah Malik

Board Member

Sarah Malik is an educator whose work focuses on underserved and marginalized populations. Sarah has worked with government, academia, and small and medium not-for-profits, in areas including policy and program development, delivering workshops and trainings, and community building with members of marginalized groups. From 2009 to 2015 Sarah worked at McGill University as an Equity Education Advisor specialized in Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity. In 2015 Sarah relocated to Toronto.

Manar Moursi

Manar Moursi

Board Member
Manar Moursi

Manar Moursi

Board Member

Manar Moursi is an architect and artist. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Manar also holds a dual Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Policy from Princeton University. In 2011 she founded Studio Meem, an interdisciplinary research studio. Her design work has been widely published and received multiple awards. In addition to her practice with Studio Meem, Manar writes regularly, participates in art exhibitions and teaches. Her writings on urban issues have appeared in Domus, Thresholds, Lunch, Mada, Cairobserver, the Funambulist and Egypt Independent. Her book Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo co-authored with David Puig was published by Onomatopee in 2015. She has taught at several institutions in Cairo and is currently teaching at the University of Waterloo.

In addition to my design practice, I write and publish regularly, as well as maintain an art practice and teach. My writings on urban issues have appeared in Domus, Thresholds, Lunch, Mada, Cairobserver, the Funambulist and Egypt Independent. My book Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairo co-authored with David Puig was published by Onomatopee in 2015. I’ve exhibited my photography work at the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo, Onomatopee Eindhoven, and the Goethe-Institut (Algiers, Rabat, Amman). In 2014 I collaborated with Mahatat for Contemporary Art on the design and construction of the Wonder Box – a contemporary revival of traditional peep show boxes with live performances. The project traveled in the streets of Cairo for the duration of a month.

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