Maryam Ejaz – Independent Filmmaker, Producer, and Poet
Maryam Ejaz is an independent filmmaker and director. In 2020, she debuted her first short film Purple Kisses, a story about a young woman’s experience in an abusive marriage. Her work has been screened at multiple film festivals across the country and most recently at the International Film Festival of South Asia, North America’s largest South Asian film festival. Her love for storytelling is continuously driven by her passion to advocate on taboo topics such as issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and racism. As a proud Pakistani-Canadian, she values the representation of different stories and cultures within film, and hopes that her stories make people feel seen and heard. Currently, she is applying to obtain a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and continues to be active within the Calgary film community.
Claudia Chagoya – Interdisciplinary Artist
Claudia Chagoya (1991) is a Mexican interdisciplinary artist born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and based in Calgary, Canada. She holds an MFA degree from the University of Calgary, and a BFA from Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her artistic practice explores topics related to gender violence and her socio-political background, through the use of materials rooted in Mexican culture such as: rebozos, salt, copal and sawdust. Chagoya has been the recipient of grants from Calgary Arts Development, Canada Council for the Arts and has been shortlisted for the Alberta Artist in Residence/Arts Ambassador Program. Her work has been exhibited in Mexico and in Canada and has she been an artist in Residence at the Royal College of Art in London, UK, the Women’s Centre of Calgary and Calgary Allied Arts Foundation at cSPACE King Edward. Currently she is showcasing her project “A Rose for Remembrance” at the Ledge Gallery in Arts Commons, where she is part of the RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program (RBCEVAP) 2021-2022.