kaya joan

Artist member since 2021

kaya joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous artist living in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. kaya’s work is centred in healing practices, transcending linear notions of time, blood memory and relationship to place. Rooting themself in frameworks of Black and Indigenous futuritist pedagogy, kaya engages with methods of making that operate as ancestral tools to unpack and transform buried truths, opening portals 7 generations into the past and future. Engaging with their practice as medicine and connecting to and with constellations of kin, kaya treats making as a mode of manifesting visions of joyful and abundant futures. kaya has also been working as a community arts facilitator for the past 6 years, designing workshops that use art as a language to unpack and explore themes of identity, relationship to place and justice. They have worked as a visual arts director at Childrens Peace Theatre’s summer program Peace Camp, and are a member of the Indigenous Queer arts collective Weave and Mend. Kaya graduated from OCADU’s Indigenous Visual Art’s program in 2020, and was the recipient of the INVC medal, Nora E. Vaughan Award and Akin Studio’s Career Launcher grant.


Only thing you need when you leave the house

my nalgene waterbottle

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

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since I could draw at three years old

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