Christina Oyawale (b. 2000) is a Black non-binary disabled lens-based Tkaronto/Toronto artist, dance artist, curator and creative director. At the moment, they are finishing their BFA in Photography at X University* while challenging colonial ideals of productivity. Their artistic focus at the moment is documenting radical occupation of space. They strive for community engagement by creating conversations that pertain to human condition, growth, rebirth and investigations of self. This is done through experimenting with practices based in video, performance, photography and installation.

In their ideal art world, movement, love, sharing and community interdependence is paramount. These principles are prioritized in their curatorial work and general practice which has been explored in works such as: “It’s real bc it happened”, a collaboration with Ajeuro Abala Deion Squires-Rouse. Their human first ethos is a reflection of the disability and queer justice principles championed by the likes of Audre Lorde, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Alice Wong and many more disabled/queer elders and anestors that have come before them.
*I use the placeholder of ‘X University’ in solidarity with Indigenous communities and students working towards the renaming of Ryerson University, which lead architect of the residential school system.

Photograph by Tyler Da Silva

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