Vanessa Godden: RBC Emerging Artist Residency Exhibition

October 12th, 2024 – December 8th, 2024

During their residency, Vanessa will create a series of new works in mixed media and performance. Exploring themes of immersion, acceptance, and joy, this work will embrace the complex layers of queer and diasporic identities. In particular, their research will consider how materials, cultures, and geographies can together serve as an insightful lens for understanding oneself and their place in the world. Seeking connection and support from other members of the Trinidadian diaspora in Durham Region, Vanessa’s project will be presented in the form of an exhibition and live performance.

Artist Bio:

Vanessa Godden is a non-binary Queer Indo-Caribbean and Euro-Canadian artist, educator, and curator. They are a sessional lecturer at universities across the Greater Toronto Area and a cofounder of the curatorial collective Diasporic Futurisms. Godden holds a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia; 2020), an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, USA; 2014), and a BFA from the University of Houston (Houston, USA; 2012). Their transdisciplinary practice explores how the relationship between the body, personal histories, and geographic space can be conveyed in multi-sensory performances, videos, and installations.