Jana Ghalayini (b.1993) is a Saudi-born Palestinian multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of OCAD University where received her BFA in printmaking, and was the recipient of the 2017 medal for her program. Her work explores identity and culture by creating metaphorical yet fragmented representations of memories, home and a sense of place. Jana works closely with a range of mediums including screen-printing, photography and textiles that allow her to translate her emotions into a physical form and create works that act as visual narratives.
Melanie Billark is an emerging, multidisciplinary, Toronto based artist. Her body of work surrounds themes of social and political issues that effect and surround principles of ecology. Her work strives to create awareness to various environmental issues within the public sphere. Melanie achieved an advanced diploma in 2011 at Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program for glass in Oakville, ON. Following her degree she completed a year artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON, in 2012. Melanie graduated from OCADU's Sculpture and Installation program, obtaining her BFA in 2016. She has participated in a number of shows including venues such as Toronto Pearson Airport, Lonsdale Gallery, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Gladstone Hotel, and Xpace Cultural Centre. Melanie has also won a number of bursaries and awards including The Masonic Foundation of Canada Bursary in 2011, and was recently the recipient for The OALA Ground Award in 2016, for her sculptural work Rewilding .
Jessica (Xhesika) Gaba is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist, working in digital video, text/ print, installation, biomedia and performance. By rearranging archives of knowledge she aims to produce new navigation systems for orienting a variety of socioeconomic contexts. The ideas of self and the creation of the self-portrait are then extracted from the intimate, the non-visible, and the architecture of representation of the human body. Jessica Gaba obtained her BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD University in 2017.