Toronto Pride 1970 – Present

as seen through the
LGBTQ2+ ArQuives


Presented by
Magenta and The ArQuives


About the Project

With the 50th anniversary of The ArQuives in 2023, Magenta and Toronto Metropolitan University Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management  and the OCAD Criticism and Curatorial Practice (CRCP) students have joined forces to create the FIRST EVER Pride Toronto Exhibition and Publication. The significance of Toronto Pride to social development in Canada has never been seen in its historical context.

Magenta curatorial partnerships complement and augments the ArQuives’ mission to collect, preserve, and share the histories of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada in a way that reflects the diversities and values of our communities. The student researchers in this initiative will not only enjoy an unparalleled learning experience, they will connect to an important history in Canada and give it a profile to new audiences. This is intentional and ensures that the outcomes of this project have a life beyond the initiative itself.

While the Pride Toronto 1970 to Present as seen through the LGBTQ ArQuives project is academic in nature, its outcomes are distinctly intended for a broad public audience. The singular ability of this project to directly contextualise the local history it investigates within the broad scope of LGBTQ+ histories housed at the largest queer archive in Canada distinguishes its framing from other projects. The student researchers in this initiative will not only enjoy an unparalleled learning experience and give it a profile to new audiences. This is intentional and ensures that the outcomes of this project have a life beyond the initiative itself.

For 17 years The Magenta Foundation has been a national art-community collaborator for the future of the arts in Canada.

Our unique arts programs for emerging artists and youth allows us to foster the future talent in Canada coast to coast. Creating this empowerment allows young people to elevate their talents and abilities for a future in the arts as cultural producers within and beyond their communities. By focusing on the early output of future practitioners, Magenta is committed to cultivating the next generation of artists through producing and exhibiting work that will potentially inform a lifelong practice.

At Magenta, giving back to our communities in meaningful ways is a source of pride for us. We believe it is important to showcase and present the wealth of artistic talent available locally and to encourage an appreciation of the arts among all Canadians.

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Phase 2 Researchers

Nawang Tsomo Kinkar

Nawang is an emerging Tibetan writer, researcher and curator interested in photography and visual culture. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History, English, and Book & Media Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in photography studies at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University. Her research, informed by a decolonial lens, engages with the visual culture of Tibet and the Himalayas and intersects with museological and archival practice, diaspora and transnational studies, and embodied practices of memory and feeling. She completed her undergraduate internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Italy). She has also worked on collections-based research projects at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal) and the Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto). She has been part of programming teams at the Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto) and The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought (Toronto). Her writing on contemporary art has appeared in independant publications such as Peripheral Review, Femme Art Review and Public Parking. In her spare time, Nawang enjoys reading fiction and taking pictures. She is also a vintage fashion enthusiast.

Maria Kanellopoulos

Maria Kanellopoulos is an arts professional based in Toronto working in collections management, curatorial practice, and exhibitions and public programming. Her research focus includes the transformative capacities that photography, archives, and contemporary art provide in creating spaces for underrepresented artists and their histories.

Kalina Nedelcheva

Kalina Nedelcheva is a multi-media artist-researcher, emerging curator, and musician, based in Tkaronto, Canada. With an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, she explores the ways in which human consciousness engages in the process of meaning-making. She has developed an uncanny interest in writing and film as mediums for theoretical storytelling; her experimental shorts have been screened by Trinity Square Video, OCAD SU Spring Festival, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival. Kalina’s writing has appeared in publications such as Peripheral Review, Sidedoor Magazine, The Senses & Society Journal and she was the runner-up for C Magazine’s New Critics Award. As an emerging curator, Kalina has headed the programming project “Archives of Space” and collaborative endeavours such as “403 Forbidden” and “Movement/ Nature: Guided Exercises by Artists” at the AGO.

Anqi Li

Anqi Li is an emerging curator, art writer and aspiring art historian with a passion for research and cross-cultural communication. She recently graduated from the Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.

Anqui Li

Phase 1 Researchers

Shadio Hussein

Shadio Hussein (she/her) is a first-generation Somali Canadian archivist, curator and researcher.

Shadio has an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English and a Minor in Religion and Book & Media Studies from the University of Toronto and a Master of Art in Photography Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University.

Shadio has previous experience working with non-profit organizations and special collections in Toronto. Her research interests include exploring Somali diaspora visual culture and oral history, the constructions of identity, family photography and investigating methods of cultural preservation.

Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin is a recent graduate of X (Ryerson) University’s Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management Masters program. Her research centres on queer photography, censorship, archives, and the occult. During the course of her studies she was a resident researcher at Harvard’s Sclessinger Library. She received the Royal Ontario Museum’s Rebanks Fellowship. Currently she works in Fine Art framing.

Sarah Griffin

Cole Anderson

Cole Anderson has a background in cinema studies and a graduate degree in Film Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. His research involves creating a methodology of career documentation for artists, and he works as an artist assistant.

Sophia Dime

Sophia Dime (they/she) is a curator who recently graduated from the University of King’s College, Halifax with a BA in Contemporary Studies and English, and a certificate in Art History. Their Honours thesis focused on 2SLGBTQ+ theory, particularly in relation to the ways in which queer contemporary artist navigate and reimagine archival methods in order to trouble practices of power that are at play in the archive. Sophia has previously worked at Esther Schipper Gallery in Berlin and Eyelevel Artist Run Centre in Halifax. In 2020, they curated OBJECT HISTORIES for the ninth rendition of Eyelevel’s exhibition of printed matter. They firmly believe that art is a vital facet of community care and of transcribing a public memory.