• A Festival of Ideas
  • March to July 2021
  • Guelph

2021 Presenters

Dawit Petros received his MFA in Visual Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, a BFA in History from the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Whitney Independent Study…

Declan McLaughlin is an artist and community activist from Derry City in the north of Ireland. He works primarily as a songwriter and performer but also has a history in political art, designing and painting a number of the iconic…

Matthew Stadler is a novelist (Landscape: Memory, Allan Stein, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha, and others) and essayist. He was the literary editor of Nest magazine and a co-founder of Publication Studio, where he now edits the Fellow Travelers Series. He…

Sally Frater holds an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester. Curatorially she is interested in decolonization, spatial theory, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of…

Sidd Joag is a visual artist, journalist, and community organizer working at the intersection of arts, culture, social justice, and human rights for over fifteen years. He is the Managing Editor at ArtsEverywhere.ca and a member of the public art collective Amber…

Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York-based artist, author, and organizer of art exhibitions. Yevgeniy has produced many projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West. Fiks is the author of six books: Soviet Moscow’s Yiddish-Gay Dictionary (Cicada Press, 2016), Lenin…

Zhao Rongjie is a Chinese painter, engraver and videographer who studied oil painting and copperplate at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Her copperplate artwork has been exhibited in China, Japan, Sweden, and the United States. Her “Breathing” series was…