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2012/2013 - Adrienne Marcus Raja is an interdisciplinary artist who loves to document. She is currently based in Mississauga, Canada but travels back home to Sarawak, Malaysia. With documentary and experimental practices, she is drawn to ideas revolving around archival memory, oral traditions, East Asian culture and the meaning of identity loss.

Recently, she is interested in exploring and reconstructing the complexity of identity removal from its traditional culture while highlighting the fragile and personal connections between the individual and the community. She explores the uncomfortable subconscious residing in memories and the tales of diverse history that was not chronicled. Her work and research experiences have inspired her to experiment with creating distorted and reconstructed images that provokes the sensitive perception and the complex psychology within the social relationships.

2013/2014 - Without Artistic Restriction is currently a Mississauga-based studio practice of artist and filmmaker Adrienne Marcus Raja.

Adrienne Marcus Raja holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and a BA in Mass Communication from Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia. She has taken an interest in understanding the analog photographic and filmic medium as she continues to learn about the process of developing and printing in the darkroom. Toronto-based Kelabit artist Adrienne Marcus Raja is the recipient of the 9th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship for 2013. Soli is her first color 16mm short film. It will premier at the 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival running from October 16th to 20th in Toronto.

2014/2015 - Adrienne Marcus Raja makes documentary and experimental films. She is a MFA graduate of Ryerson University with a focus in Documentary Media. Adrienne is a member of the indigenous Kelabit tribe, from Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo. She is constantly trying to learn new skills, thinking of collaborative ideas and remembering the forgotten stories. Adrienne started working with Jumblies as an intern in 2013, and was the first recipient of Jumblies’ Al Levitt Memorial Award. 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. She documented Train of Thought in Toronto and is now travelling with us as far as Montreal.

2015/2016 - 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 a Media Artist with Jumblies Theatre. She started as an intern 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 and Retro Entrepriese

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 big mug.





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