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Women´s Art Festival:

Immigrant, Refugee, and 


Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Saw Gallery (Arts Court)​

67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9

Women's Art Festival: Immigrant, Refugee, and Racialized

Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Saw Gallery (Arts Court)

67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9


This festival organized by the Multicultural Artists Coalition (MAC) will celebrate and visualize immigrant, refugee and racialized women artists living in the National Capital Region. The festival will frame a three-day art exhibition, screenings, concerts, performances, a poetry recital, workshops, artist talks, and an academic lecture.

Since the festival will explore the concept of intersectionality[1], this time we will focus only on women of our community. Through the different activities of the festival, we hope to introduce, analyze, and spread the intersectional theory and how it unveils our intersected identities, opening the possibility to acknowledge our own privilege and providing examples of solidarity beyond self-interest.


Also, we have identified the patriarchal foundation of western art as one of the main obstacles for the decolonization of art and culture. Thus, this festival stands as an initiative to visualize their work and invite the Ottawa art community for a cultural exchange that will enrich our notion of art.


[1] Intersectionality is a framework derived from black feminism that attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power and authority impact the most marginalized people in society. It considers the various forms of social stratification (class, race, gender/sex, age, abilities) as interwoven together.


Meet The Artists


Azra Rashid

Montreal-based filmmaker and postdoctoral fellow in the department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney

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Claudia Salguero

Colombian Community Engaged artist/muralist, award-winning Photo-fine-artist and Latin Folk Jazz singer.

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Amanda Lowe

Sri Lankan-Canadian musician that writes enchanting and heartbreaking ambient-folk music.

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Lucila Al Mar

A singer-songwriter who has the amazing skill of being an introverted hermit by day and an audience captivating performer by night.

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Doreen Stevens 

Algonquin Anishinabeg actress, singer, songwriter, storyteller, poet, and visual artist from Kitigan Zibi. 


Nadine Williams

Nadine Williams, a native of St. Mary Parish, Jamaica, is an Award Winning Poet, Author and entrepreneur.


Empress Nyiringango

Passionate, dedicated Rwandan Canadian singer-songwriter djembe and guitar player.


Malini Guha

Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University.


Tasht Collective

Interdisciplinary group, with each member bringing core strengths from various disciplines including visual and media arts, film studies, journalism, oral history and education.



Cyber is the moniker of Montreal-grown R&B crooner, Loédie Domond.


Marley Reville Brown

Marley Reville Brown is a Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Model, Dancer and Visual Artist. 


Aymara Alvarado

Aymara is a painter, performance artist, and musician from Ciudad de México, living in Quebec since 2004.


Patsea Griffin

Algonquin Métis/French/Scottish. Artist.


Zainab Hussain

Zainab Hussain is an artist who lives and works in Ottawa.


Carmel Whittle

An accomplished Irish, Mik’maq visual artist, musician and song writer, educator hailing from Newfoundland 



Together Yessica and Theo collaborate with indigenous drumming and singing across Turtle Island.



Born and raised in Ottawa, SeiiizMikk is an emcee, DJ and producer of Caribbean heritage. 



Originally from Warsaw Poland latak (aka kalina oh) has lived in Wakefield Quebec since 2007.


Evelyn O´Farril

Professional dancer born and raised in Havana, Cuba.

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Sabah El Najjar

I came to Canada 19 years ago, as a refugee.
My hobbies include sewing, arts & crafts and I specialize in embroidery.

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