MEET OUR TEAM

STAFF

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ZANDI DANDIZETTE
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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 has been a co-founder of the JBG since 2014, and longest residency from the artists-in-residence program. They are the current President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres and board member of CARFAC National. They helped co-found the Arts and Cultural Workers Union & VALUCOOP, develop Pressure Point, previously served on the board of VIVO Media Arts Centre, and have represented BC at ARCA. 

www.bluep.ink/

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DIANA LUPIERI
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Ceramics Studiolead

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. 

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JESSICA LETAIN
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Assistant Gallery Administrator

Jessica Letain is an artist and DJ who has been working and performing in various underground locations across the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh nations. She has been performing professionally in the arts since 2013.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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EM THORN
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Chairperson

Em Thorn exists at the intersection of art and technology, with a passion for interactive experiences. They have been a community member of the JBG since its origination, taking part in events and supporting the gallery in flourishing as a queer arts hub. Em's background is in program development and infrastructure management within tech, and currently employs their skillset at Hootsuite.

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HORMOZ KHERADMAND
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Vice Chairperson

Hormoz is a lifelong learner who is taking an enthusiastic leap towards the art world. They aspire to bring humans together through mentorship, advocacy, and investment in Vancouver’s artist community. They are a maker, photographer, generative artist, computer programmer, systems innovator, a fashionista, and a passionate leader.

https://hormozk.com

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CHEYENNE MCGINNIS
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Member-at-Large

Cheyenne McGinnis aka Natoyihkii (Holy Whistle), is a Blackfoot/Cree emerging artist now living in Unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territories. A member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, they are also affiliated with the Blood Tribe Nation through their mother. Natoyihkii grew up in 3 worlds – the modern day colonial world, the Cree world, and of course, the Blackfoot world. They have been painting and drawing for over 15 years and are inspired by Pictographs, Blackfoot War history drawings and Winter Counts. Their work aims to inspire wellness and pride, recounting histories and imagining the future for Indigenous Peoples. They do woodburning, glass etching, and leather work, as well as acrylic painting, charcoal drawing, and pastel work. They are also now moving into digital art.

https://shop.indigenousbusyness.blog/

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PARVIN PEIVANDI
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Member-at-Large

Parvin Peivandi is an Iranian/Canadian arts and cultural worker who works cross disciplines in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video, sound installation and performance art. She has studied in Emily Carr university of Art and Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited her art locally and internationally.

https://www.parvinpeivandi.net/

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SUNNY CHEN
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Member-at-Large 

Sunny Chen AKA Sad China is a queer, nonbinary artist, survivor, and settler immigrant on stolen ancestral lands belonging to Katzie, Kwantlen, Matsqui, and Semiahmoo First Nations, colonially-known as "Surrey" and "Langley". They hold a BA in psychology and English lit from UBC, make music and movies, and daydream about the 2000s.

bysunnychen.com

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RAFAEL ZEN
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Member-at-Large 

Rafael Zen is a visual artist, poet, researcher, and educator from Brazil, who holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Artistic Processes researching decolonial + anti-capitalist theories mediated by poetic/political arts. With over 10 years of experience in the cultural+educational segment, Zen currently organizes an arts/philosophy/sociology research project in South America called Ideas to Make The World Bearable, volunteers writing for Arts and Culture at The Source Vancouver - Forum of Diversity, and works as a gallery coordinator at the Massy Arts Gallery in Chinatown.

https://rafaelzenprofessor.wixsite.com/rafaelzenportfolio

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HARLO MARTENS
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Executive Secretary

Harlo is a settler of european descent who enjoys working both collectively and individually as an experimental animator. They hope to continue uplifting emerging queer and BIPOC artists in the early stages of their careers by helping to provide access to useful resources (such as mentorship + technology).

https://www.harlomartens.com

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JILLIAN JUSTINE BROOKS
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Member-at-Large 

Métis artist exploring traditional painting techniques, focusing mainly on animals with a 90s twist on wood canvases. Jillian runs Métis Bannock Queen and donates profits to Indigenous organizations.

Originally from Nistawâyâw. 

@jjb_artist