The Dias:stories Team
Ananda Gabo is a multi-disciplinary designer and community organizer who loves to explore complex systems. Their breadth of work has led them to working in kitchens, as a forager, researching hardware manufacturing in Shenzhen, working in a robotics factory, deploying mutual aid, food justice education, and creating space for community based biology projects. Although vast, their explorations stem from a desire to build skills of extreme resiliency.
They are a big fan of music, gaming, and finding delicious snacks.
Casey Mecija is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at York University and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her current research theorizes sounds made in and beyond Filipinx diaspora to make an argument about a “queer sound” that permeates diasporic sensibilities. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally.
Immony Mèn is an artist, educator, and community-based researcher. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. As an artist, he has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been awarded municipal, provincial, and federal arts council grants to support his work. His research focuses on developing a theoretical framework for understanding (Khmer/Cambodian) diasporic experience through media praxis, critical race theory, and various forms of community engagement. Men’s practice takes the form of research-creation projects such as interactive installations, interdisciplinary performances, social artworks, and participatory community projects. Works include Receipts, Post-Colonial Hot Ones, Traversal Residency, Passing through the Heart, Shadows!, Cite, Chthulucene, Powers of Kin, Everything in Place, and Taking Care of Business.
Jasmine Liaw is a queer emerging Chinese Hakka Canadian interdisciplinary artist in dance performance, new media art, and experimental film. Bicoastal, she is based in so-called Toronto and Vancouver. Her practice explores the complexities of her contemporary views of Hakka diaspora, queerness, and environmental anxiety. She is the Artistic Associate of Chimerik 似不像, working in interdisciplinary research and creation. She is the current artist-in-residence with F-O-R-M Recorded Movement Society’s Technology and Interaction Program. Some of her recent collaborations and presentations include The Asian Artist Culture and Trust/Holt Renfrew, Vector Festival, MPCAS/Grunt Gallery, RT Collective Commission Film Program in partnership with Toronto Dance Theatre, in conjunction with Chimerik's project "Ritual Spective,” and adelheid dance projects.
Lilian Leung is a designer, artist, and community-based researcher currently located in Tkaronto and the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Their current practice circles new and evolving methods of placemaking and placekeeping in virtual reality, experimental storytelling, and interactive documentary as space of reconstruction and spaces of (post) memory.
They are a recent MDes graduate from the Digital Futures Masters program at OCAD University, and have received their BDes from the University of Hertfordshire, UK and Diploma in Graphic Design & Illustration from the IDEA Program from Capilano University, BC.