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Executive Director & Founder

Zandi is a nonbinary settler-immigrant new media interdisciplinary artist. They seek to decenter colonial legacy, and empower voices affected by systems of oppression. They graduated with a BMA in Animation in 2014 from Emily Carr University. Zandi co-founded JBG in 2014, and was the longest resident from the artists-in-residence program. They are a current board member of CARFAC National and PAARC BC representative to ARCA. They helped co-found the Arts and Cultural Workers Union, originated an equity-based commission nonprofit store Pressure Point, and previously served on the board of VIVO Media Arts Centre.



Operations Coordinator

Clara is a Trans Afro-Brazilian multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer currently situated in so-called Vancouver. Her practice spans from varying community operating roles along with artistic production ranging from sculpture and media-based work to music. She is interested in the ways in which language, visual or otherwise, shapes our conceptions of social values and (infra)structural forms of prejudice, racism and violence.

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anata laylay

Events Coordinator and Assistant Curator

anata laylay is a trans nonbinary Filipinx ancestral medicine worker and curator from the rivers and hills. They are from Hagonoy, Bulacan and Catanauan, Quezon. Currently, they are living on stolen and unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səlilwətaɬ land. They have curated for multiple film festivals and magazines. In June of 2023, they curated the exhibition, “bahay na babalik-balikan”  at The James Black Gallery. Following that, they curated "lagi akong uuwi" as a second iteration in May 2024 at The Cultch. 

Outside of curating, anata laylay is focused on community organizing, activism, and continuing to learn and share knowledge as a Filipinx healer and ritual worker. Through continued learning with mentors, anata laylay is deepening their ancestral medicine knowledge and continuing to share food knowledge, Hilot, and ancestral altar spaces with their communities. They are committed to honouring their ancestors, community care, decolonization and fighting for national democracy and genuine liberation!



Pressure Point Coordinator

Maliv Khondaker finds home on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh unceded ancestral territory. They are a recent graduate from Emily Carr University's Critical & Cultural Practices program with a minor in social practice and community engagement. They are interested in where art meets text meets people. Maliv was a longtime casual enjoyer of The James Black Gallery's work, before they were a pod resident in 2022. They now coordinate Pressure Point, where you can buy work by local artists at room 108-2111 main street, just down the road from JBG.

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Studio Coordinator

Jade Ariana is a multidisciplinary artist living in Vancouver, BC. (stolen and unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səlilwətaɬ land) She works across the genre of painting, performance, sound, and installation. She is a socially engaged artist whose social practice extends to arts education with youth and a healing arts practice.  She has been making art for as long as she can recall as a form of guidance and self-recovery. She emphasizes resourcefulness in her practice, both her own and that of her ancestral legacy. Her art praxis is both research-based and heavily guided by intuition. She paints what she sees in visions, dreams, and from visceral responses to her study of personal and generational histories. She is a current studio collective member at the JBG.



Ceramics Studio Co-Lead

Diana Lupieri is an illustrator and ceramicist in Vancouver, BC. She is interested in building community and relearning how to look at the world through art. Diana volunteered at the JBG from 2020-2022 before taking on a stronger role in managing studiospaces. She also works at The Gathering Place supporting workshops and running the kiln.



Ceramics Studio Co-Lead

Hannah and Diana lead the ceramics studio together assisting with orientating new studio members, running the instagram, and technical kiln support. Hannah volunteers with the BC Potters' Guild kiln firings and has work under Lokuro Studio.





Bronwyn is a sustainability consultant with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. She is passionate about supporting spaces that build community around the arts. Bronwyn has worked with a wide-range of organizations (start-ups, small businesses, government, and nonprofits alike) on strategic planning initiatives including sustainability goal-setting, visioning, risk management, and annual reporting. She leverages holistic, systems-based approaches and aims to engage key stakeholders, rightsholders, and decision-makers in all of her work. 
Bronwyn has owned and operated multiple small businesses, including luuceo consulting, a small sustainability and strategic solutions firm based in Vancouver, from 2019-2022. Prior to co-founding luuceo and completing her MBA, Bronwyn produced, promoted, and managed events in Montreal. She collaborated with established local organizers including Montreal's Mural Festival and Naïve Melodie (an event series spearheaded by members of Arcade Fire to raise funds for KANPE, a non-profit organization that supports rural communities in Haiti).  

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Executive Secretary

Mohadeseh Jazaei has a Ph.D. in Political Science. With over five years of experience as a Secretary and Vice Chair in the local community, she has led and empowered students. Her passion lies in supporting artists, entrepreneurs and social activists through nonprofit organizations. She is excited to bring her expertise and dedication to the James Black Gallery Board of Directors.

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Member At-Large

Driven to create art that brings forth representation of marginalized communities, Brendan Riley has found passion in amplifying fellow BIPOC & Queer voices. He brings many years of experience in the film/modelling industry as a producer of photoshoots and an actor/model. His latest venture has been opening a successful community-focused cafe (mah milk bar) in the neighbourhood of East Vancouver.

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Vice Chairperson

Swetha is a multidisciplinary human who is passionate about understanding humans.  Currently she is doing this through art therapy, clinical counselling, teaching, focusing on her own spiritual practices, and parenting. She strives to decolonize all of these realms as she moves through them.




Heidi is queer, pansexual, agender or gender neutral depending on the day, a first generation Dutch immigrant, settler, Hard of Hearing, diagnosed Bi Polar, ADHD, and Autistic, undiagnosed OCD, someone that has experienced body pain and physical developmental problems, while being hyperlexic and extremely smart. So it’s a mix. There are things they excel at, and barriers. Heidi is not a perfect person, but aims to continuously learn and unlearn to be a better ally, community member, family member, co-worker, and friend.

As an artist, Heidi has exhibited internationally and locally, with an intention to talk about things that are hard to express in words, by embodying physical and emotive forms. They also started arts organizations Hammock Residency and Centre Centre, which focus on different models around art making, care, and inhabiting third spaces.

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Member At-Large

Pedram Dodani is a queer nonbinary artist and former refugee from Iran currently working as Assistant Manager at Cafe au Clay Pottery Studio. They are a previous BC Cultural Days Ambassador who has been involved in other nonprofit arts organizations such as Studio C. Pedram thrives on fostering a sense of community in their work. They are a multidisciplinary artist featured at JBG's art shop, Pressure Point.

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