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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.
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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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.
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.
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).
JILLIAN JUSTINE BROOKS
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.