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

Artistic Director
Toleen Touq

Toleen Touq

Artistic Director

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. Saj is currently writing about drone-proof cities, architectures of suicide prevention, and gharanas in diaspora. Past projects include: The River Has Diabetes; Migrancy in the Garage; and Racing Bodies. 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.  communications@savac.net / sajdeep.com

Board of Directors

Yasmin Aly

Yasmin Aly

Board Member
Yasmin Aly

Yasmin Aly

Board Member

Yasmin Aly is a researcher, artist, and educator invested in seeing international and local artists contribute to Toronto and SAVAC through critical and contextualized art that speaks to the condition of a racialized cultural existence. Born in Cairo and drawing on lived and labour experiences in Germany and Egypt, she moved to Toronto in order to further explore concepts of coloniality, representation, feminist activism, and art. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto completing scholarship on Arab personage in European film (specifically German). She is a co-founder of the Postcolonial Reading Group; volunteer evaluator of the Regent Park Film Festival; and organizer in Cairo on issues of censorship and harassment. Her recent multi-media art pieces entitled “Fair & Lovely”, part of the (Mus)Interpreted group exhibition (09/2017), reflected on racism in Egypt combining social media, glass work, and lived experiences of shadeism.

Saira Chibber

Saira Chibber

Board Member
Saira Chibber

Saira Chibber

Board Member

Saira Chibber is a PhD student in the Department of Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She holds a MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. She previously served two terms on the Boards of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and the Choice In Health Clinic, respectively. She has also been active in the labour movement, serving as president of CUPE 1281 for two years.

Aisha Jamal

Aisha Jamal

Board Member
Aisha Jamal

Aisha Jamal

Board Member

Aisha Jamal was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan but is now a Toronto-based independent filmmaker, film programmer and College professor. She is currently working on finishing her first feature film for Doc Channel called “A Kandahar Away.” Her previous short films have shown at venues and festivals worldwide. Jamal also programs films for several Toronto-based film festivals. She is the head of programming for the Syria Film Festival and one of two Canadian film programmers for Hot Docs Festival. Occasionally, she freelance programs for museums, including the Aga Khan Museum. Jamal teaches film history and documentary production part-time at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, while working several contract/freelance jobs.

Nadia Junaid

Nadia Junaid

Board Member
Nadia Junaid

Nadia Junaid

Board Member

Nadia Junaid has been a community activist and health promoter in Toronto for over 19 years. She has worked and volunteered in South Asian based community organizations in a variety of roles including helping to shape the agencies on a governance level.  She is often credited with going above and beyond the scope of her positions, volunteering to do health promotion workshops for South Asian populations outside the city of Toronto with very little resources. She shares her expertise and experience in programming and event planning with a variety of arts and film based organizations including but not limited to Desh Pardesh, Reel Asian Film Festival, TIFF, Scarborough World Wide Film Festival, and WIZCRAFT. She was a founding member of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, an organization that helps the most vulnerable members of the South Asian community. In 2014, she was recognized by Rosario Marchese, MPP Trinity-Spadina, with an International Women’s Day Award for her work on women’s issues, especially for working with women of colour.

Shani Khoo Parsons

Shani Khoo Parsons

Board Member
Shani Khoo Parsons

Shani Khoo Parsons

Board Member

Since the mid-90s, Shani K Parsons has pursued a multidisciplinary practice focused on exhibition-making — initially through the lenses of architecture, urban planning and public arts administration, then installation, graphic, and environmental design, and most recently through research, writing, curation, and collaboration. In the process she has produced an eclectic body of work ranging from intimate book works and publications to immersive installations and exhibitions for venues including the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Rhode Island School of Design and RISD Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA NY), and Mixed Greens, a contemporary art gallery in Chelsea. After nearly a decade of living and working in New York, Shani moved to Toronto with her family. Bringing together her experience in the various aspects of exhibition-making — as artist, designer, critic, and curator — she is building in TYPOLOGY a hybrid space for collaborative and cross-disciplinary experimentation, an independent venue for exhibitions on all forms of local and international contemporary culture.

Marsya Maharani

Marsya Maharani

Board Member
Marsya Maharani

Marsya Maharani

Board Member
Marsya Maharani is an Indonesian independent curator working exclusively in collaboration with others. Working from the position of an immigrant and settler, her projects explore experimentation in learning and working together that nourishes culturally diverse ways of thinking, specifically in relation to feminism, decolonization, and meaningful inclusion in cultural and institutional contexts. Marsya is a member of Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery and MICE Magazine. She has worked with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and Sheridan College. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University.
Saroja Ponnambalam

Saroja Ponnambalam

Board Member
Saroja Ponnambalam

Saroja Ponnambalam

Board Member

Saroja Ponnambalam (No Cable Productions) is an Ontario-based filmmaker and community arts educator with Venezuelan and Tamil-Indian roots. She is well-versed in critical geography, participatory media and documentary. Her independent arts practice involves working with a variety of media within the spectrum of documentary – animation, photographs, home video, and interviews. Pandi, her first feature film, is an intimate moving diary that explores the mysteries behind her uncle’ life and sudden death via his personal archives. Her work has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada. She has been an integral part of the National Film Board’s Emmy-winning HIGHRISE project. In 2015, she was awarded with the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Media Arts.

Saroja has worked in programming, research and workshop facilitation with various arts institutions and non-profit organizations including the NFB, Regent Park Film Festival, The Metcalf Foundation, Workman Arts, Toronto School of Arts, Hot Docs Youth Camp, the Commons Studio and has sat on juries for the Ontario Arts Council. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Geography from University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University.

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