Giselle Mira Diaz
"Art is not only an object for the wealthy;
instead, it is a tool to promote social justice."
Giselle Mira Diaz is a Canadian-American based Photographer and Visual Artist, from Colombian descent. She has a BFA from OCAD University in Integrated Media and a minor in Photography at OCAD University, and a concentration on Photographic Techniques at Humber College. She is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
She has worked in several collaborative projects, being a founding member of Toronto Babel Collective; a group of experimental filmmakers. She has participated in the North South Photo Exchange project, at Gallery 44 and part of PANAMANIA. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 44, The Drake Hotel, ArtScape YoungPlace in Toronto as well as internationally in Osaka Japan, Buenos Aires Argentina, Berlin Germany, and Tampere Finland.
Her work is mainly oriented towards film and digital photography but also does performance, material art, and fashion design and garment construction. Through her art Giselle is interested in defining self-identity, heritage, and the hybrid cultures as the product of the multicultural interaction in cosmopolitan cities.
Masters of Arts in Art Education, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), Integrated Media (Major), Photography (Minor), OCAD University, Toronto,Ontario, Canada
Photographic Techniques Certificate, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
RAP (Regional Arts Program) Visual Arts Certificate, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ConSECUENCIAS, Photography and Performance Art workshop, Facilitated by Alexandra Gelis, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Darkroom Photography workshop, Outreach Program, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Artist in Residence at the Overlook Place for the monthsof January and February. Art exhibition showcasing work produced during theresidency, March 24th, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA
OFF_Festival, part of the European Month of PhotographyExhibitions, Group exhibition part of INTAC, showing photography and videoworks. November 3, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia.
“Career Launcher 2017” A Photography Exhibition of the recipients of the 2017 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher, June 22 – July 21 2017, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“10 Years Film’ featured in “Chronology” exhibition of video works Curated by Zviko Mhakayakora, June 19 – November 1 2017, The Drake Hotel (TV) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Turmoil” Part of INTAC (International Arts Collaboration). Group exhibition of mixed-mediaworks. May 11-21 2017, OsakaUniversity of Arts, Osaka, Japan
“10 Years”, a mixed-media installation part of GradEx 102, OCAD University annual five-day exhibition, May 3- 7, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“41 Artist to watch from the OCADU graduate exhibition” article by BlogTO featuring Giselle Mira-Diaz as second on the list. Toronto, Ontario,Canada
“Is the Future Bleak?” featured in “PointFive Magazine, Double Issue on Science and Speculative Fiction”. Publishedby OCAD University Publications Specialization. ISBN: 978-1-77252-005-7, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Redefining Stereotypes”, six image photo series, featured on Kiosk of Democracy- Kioskder Demokratie, October 19, 2016, Hanover, Germany.
“Hidden”, Limited edition book featuring thirty-eight international artists. Published by 23kg50lb Artist Collective, ISBN: 978-0-9952339-1-1, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Desire for aBetter Life”, single-channel, experimental video, screened at Parkdale Film + Video Showcase, Gallery 1313, September 16, 2016, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“Desire, the Double Edged Sword” Part of INTAC (International Arts Collaboration). Group exhibition of mixed-media works.
Touring exhibition between Germany (2015), Canada (2016) and Finland (2016)
December 3, 2015 - Art Centre Kunstquartier Bethanien, hosted by University of Art and Design BTK in Berlin, Germany
March 24, 2016 - Ada Slaight Gallery, hosted by OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 1, 2016 - Gallery Nykyaika Taidesuunnistus, hosted by TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
Regent Park Video Installation and Workshop (Babel Collective) commissioned for the 13th Annual Regent Park FilmFestival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NS Photo Exchange Project. An Exhibition between Canadian and Argentinian artists, presented by culture festival PANAMANIA. Curated byJasmine Bakalarz & SoJin Chun.
Touring exhibition between Canada and Argentina:
July 17 - August 1, 2015- Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 29 - September 7, 2015 - Museo de Arte Cotemporaneo Buenos Aires, (MACBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
“11 Dreams”, single channel video anthology. Exhibited as part of Babel Film Collective, Nuit Blanche at Museum London, London, Ontario, Canada
“Resistance-Resilience”. Outreach photography exhibition. Gallery44, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I am a member of INTAC (International Art Collaboration). INTAC was founded in 2010. INTAC is a photo and art program that includes exhibitions and collaborations between students. The following universities are members of INTAC:
TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland
OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Chung Ang University, Seoul, South Korea
BTK University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
NID, Ahmedabad, India
I am a member of Babel Collective, that was commissioned for the 13th Annual Regent Park Film Festival to produce a video installation and direct a workshop on collaborative filmmaking, December 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2014 - 2015
Eleven artists based in Toronto and Buenos Aires worked in collaboration as part of the NS Photo Exchange Project at Gallery 44. The project was funded by PANAMANIA as part of the 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games.As a member of this project I worked with Nahuel Alfonso, to create a photography and video based body of work.
Founding Member of Babel Collective. Babel is a collective of Toronto based filmmakers and visual artists. http://babelcollective.com