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Adrienne Marcus Raja


adriennemarcusraja@gmail.com

Adrienne Marcus Raja makes documentary and experimental works.

Adrienne identifies herself as Kelabit and Hainanese, from Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo and has been residing in Canada since 2008. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Mass Communication and Television Production from Curtin University of Technology.

Adrienne is particularly interested in using video and other media to explore the cause and effect of disappearing communities and new communities. Her obsession with the documentation of memory, history, and identity is reflected in her artistic endeavors. In her installations, she explores and questions the fragile connections between her own displaced identity and her traditional community through the combination of artifacts, images or spoken narrative. She is in a continuous cycle of trying to find time to edit video footage either at home or at TSV (Trinity Square Video).

Adrienne is currently the Media Coordinator with Jumblies Theatre. She started as an intern media artist in 2013 made possible by Toronto Arts Council through Platform A, and was the first recipient of Jumblies’ Al Levitt Memorial Award in 2014. She has documented many events for Jumblies and Offshoots, taken part in many workshops, initiated and contributed to many creative and research projects and activities.

Through imagineNATIVE + LIFT mentorship program in 2013 and after years of working within the digital video realm, most of Adrienne’s current personal artistic concentration is centred around celluloid film and photography which she continues to explore within the darkroom facilities of LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) and G44 (Gallery 44). Other places that she would love to find the time to hang out is Cinecycle,Niagara Custom Lab, Film Rescue, Double Negative Collective, Film Farm, etc...

Working with Jumblies Theatre, Adrienne looks forward to work and experiment with community members with their oral stories and transform them through the creation of miniature worlds and light-sensor audio modules. Also, she loves puppets, embroidery, and also instant noodles.

Education
2012
Master of Fine Arts, Ryerson University
Documentary Media,(MFA)
2009
Bachelor of Art, Curtin University,
Mass Communication, Film & Television Production, (BA)
2007
Partial Engineering Degree Curtin University
Civil Engineering, (2 of 4 years)
2004
Diploma of Engineering, INTI College
Civil Engineering and Construction, (DipEng)

Nominations, Awards and Scholarships
2017
Compass Program (1 year Art Management Internship),
Jumblies Theatre/Ontario Arts Council (Dec 2016- Dec 2017) ($30,000)
2016
PLATFORM A: Microgrant,
Jumblies Theatre/Toronto Arts Council (2016) ($2000)
2014
Al Levitt Memorial Award, Jumblies Theatre ($1000)
PLATFORM A: Community Artist Internship,
Jumblies Theatre/Toronto Arts Council (Jan – March 2014)
2013
9th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship Award, Toronto (March – October 2013)
MARTY Awards (Nominated for Emerging Media Arts Award), Mississauga
Trinity Square Video, Student Juried Screening (Video Fever 2013) (2nd Place)
Visual Arts Mississauga, 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts
2010 & 2011
Ryerson Graduate Award, Ryerson University

Solo Installation & Group Exhibitions
2018
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, Aki Studio, Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto, ON.
2017
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery UTSC
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, Indigenous Arts Festival, Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto, ON
2016
Walking Treaties, (video) as part of Walking and Talking Treaties, A Space Gallery (as part of the 2016 Images Festival), Toronto, ON.
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Symposium “Performing Cartography”, York University, ON
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, Evergreen Brickworks,Toronto, ON
Terrain of Thought, (Group Open Exhibition), Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, ON
2015
Hidden Nippon ; Under New Management: Video Store, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
Hidden Nippon ; Under New Management: Video Store, Union Gallery, Kingston, ON, Canada
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Acknowledgement, (audio) as part of Talking Treaties Audio Gallery, George Brown College, Toronto
2014
Hidden Nippon ; Under New Management: Video Store, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON, Canada
Hidden Nippon ; Under New Management: Video Store, Third Space Gallery/Galerie Tiersespace, Saint John, NB, Canada
Rebpun (Dis)play ; Roadside Attractions, WeSee Inc, Toronto, ON, Canada
2013
Rebpun (In)bind ; 'IN THE ROUND', Graven Feather, Toronto, ON, Canada
Rebpun (In)tension ; The Annual//Shifting Ground,Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada
Rebpun (Re)print ; Members’ Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, ON, Canada
Hidden Nippon ; Under New Management: Video Store, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hidden Nippon ; Under New Management: Video Store, ODD Gallery, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), YUKON, Canada
Her Tenderfoot Journey ; VAM 35th Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada
2012
adumbrate the wall of DADA ; Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Dada Reboot! Zone C: Distillery District, Toronto, ON, Canada
Stories Around the Tetel ; DOC NOW documentary media festival, I.M.A Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

Screenings
2017
Walking Treaties, (video) Whispers of Winter, ART4All, Toronto, ON.
2015
Soli ; KLEX//Sunshower, “Lab eX” screening series , Korean Film Archive, Seoul, Korea.
Soli ; KLEX//Sunshower,KLEX ExScreen series,Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Soli ; Talk & Video Screening on Experimental Cinema, Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Borneo, East Malaysia
Soli, as part of KLEX ExScreen series, Werkstatt Der Kulturen, Berlin
2014
Soli ; KLEX KL Experimental Film and Video Festival, Lostgens’ Contemporary Artspace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Soli ; The Bloorcourt Screen Shot, Tallboys, Toronto, ON, Canada
Soli; KLEX//Sunshower, Documentary Archives, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul,South Korea
Soli ; KLEX//Sunshower, Asian Experimental Video Festival in Hong Kong (HKEX), Future Cinema Studio, 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Soli ; Rantai Art Festival, The Red Bungalow, MIA Art House, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Soli ; LIFT ROUND-UP 2013, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto, ON , Canada
2013
Soli ; MALAYSIAN SHORTS: Dec 2013 (part of ART FOR GRABS: RIGHTING MALAYSIA), Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Soli ; 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada
Hidden Nippon ; International Festival of Experimental Video, Images Contre Nature, Marseille, FRA
4L4M4NTS ; King Street Alternative Film & Video Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada
Hidden Nippon ; Video Fever 2013, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON, Canada
ANISE ; Creative Interventions, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

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