Meet the TOAF61 Jurors
Hirbod Human is an art enthusiast and businessman who graduated from business and art school after migrating in 2002 to America. He strives for both art and business equally; that's how he was drawn into the mesmerizing world of art collecting. In 2020 Hirbod co-founded the Mayten's Projects in downtown Toronto. Besides, he owned a branding firm and consultant agency, TRIXMEDIA, based in Beverly Hills, California now for fifteen years. Alongside the business world, he recently joined OCAD U as an instructor of the Entrepreneurship for Creatives micro-credentials to share his passion and knowledge with other creative minds. Hirbod is the Executive Board Member at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and Member Of The Board Of Advisors at the Authors Ai and Binge Book, Florida.
Image Credit: Stanley Collins.
Anique Jordan is an artist, writer and curator who looks to answer the question of possibility in everything she creates. As an artist, Jordan works in photography, sculpture and performance often employing the theory of hauntology to challenge historical or dominant narratives and creating, what she calls, impossible images. Jordan has lectured on her artistic and community engaged curatorial practice as a 2017 Canada Seminar speaker at Harvard University and in numerous institutions across the Americas. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood at the Art Gallery of Ontario. As an artist, she has exhibited in galleries such as Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Art Gallery of Guelph, Doris McCarthy Gallery, the Wedge Collection, Art Gallery of Windsor, Gallery 44, and Y+ Contemporary. She has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships and in 2017 was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist of the Year award. Jordan completed a residency at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), was the 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School and the most recent recipient of the Hnatyshyn Emerging Artist award. Her work appears in public and private collections nationally.
Manitou Nemeen (Spirit Dancing) aka Que Rock
I am a Nipissing First Nation born multi-disciplinary artist. I started life learning my Anishnaabe and Odawa cultures through ceremonies. As an Anishnaabe graffiti artist, my work has matured from quick pieces into large street art projects and canvas work. Using my Anishnaabe teachings and different methods I focus on unique painting styles and techniques to create smooth transitions of colour, blending abstract form with realism and expressionism.
I take interactions of my daily life, and the city I live in. I use it as a challenge for me to try out new styles and incorporate new subject matter. My love of nature and animals is prominent through my work because of its deep meaning and connection to life and mine. I aspire for my artistic evolution to form a distinct look and feeling. In all the artforms I work with. From Dancing, Emceeing, DJing, Painting and designing. I call my style, Making the woodlands dance. My goal is to portray the teachings of my ancestors, sacred geometry and shapes in all my art forms and create a visual healing experience for the viewers.
My art has allowed me to work closely with art directors, city officials and corporate clients to make their visions come to life. I enjoy working with people and have collaborated with many artists on projects of all scales from graphic books to videos to murals around the world. I love travelling and seeing art. Most of all, I love to make art and have people enjoy my work.
I have had a very varied career since graduating from OCA in 1964. I have worked in many administrative capacities in the art and craft worlds, teaching workshops, mounting exhibitions, working as a volunteer and eventually becoming president of the Ontario Crafts Council and Surfacing, a textile organization. I worked on the Contemporary Gallery Committee in the early days of the Textile Museum and helped organize exhibitions and conferences for Surfacing. I raised two sons, exhibited my work, taught at OCA, OCAD and OCAD U (all the same place of course) as well as being an Assistant Dean there. Since retirement from teaching I have shown my work in many exhibitions, run a casual gallery at my home which is a location known for my husband’s concrete sculptures and I have continued to explore as many new directions as possible in my art.