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Practice / Process 03: Graphic Art x Social Impact


WHAT: PW Practice/Process 03: Graphic Art x Social Impact
WHERE: Possible Worlds (708G Somerset Street W.)
DATE: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM

This event is PWYC with registration; suggested $10 at the door. Spaces are limited. Register here:

Practice/Process is a new series of professional development meet ups for emerging artists, designers and other creative practitioners hosted by Possible Worlds.  We discuss a particular theme, focusing on the "what" of guest artists practices, and the "how" of their process.

For November, we’re focusing on graphic art and design with social, cultural and political impact. They'll speak to their practices - ranging from photography, sculpture, print, graphic design and art education - and how they engage and expand dialogue with the issues of our times.

  • Joi Arcand - photo-based artist, co-founder of Red Shift Gallery (Saskatoon) and kimiwan 'zine, recent OCAD Nigig Visiting Artist Resident
  • Guillermo Trejo - Print artist and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art
  • Valérie Yobé - Directrice of l’École Multidisciplinaire de l’Image at Université du Québec (UQO) and President, la tribu grafik.

This meetup is open to creative practitioners who are curious about learning more about contemporary graphic art and design viewed through social, cultural and political lenses, as well as various practices and forms including creation, curation, programming and education.

Practice/Process is PWYC with registration; suggested $10 at the door. Spaces are limited.



Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist and a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. In 2006, along with Felicia Gay, she co-founded the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art gallery in Saskatoon. In 2012, she founded kimiwan 'zine, a quarterly Indigenous arts publication. Arcand’s work has recently been exhibited at the Contemporary Native Art Biennial – Art Mur (Montreal), Kenderdine Art Gallery (Saskatoon), aka artist-run (Saskatoon), Access Gallery (Vancouver) and internationally in the United States, London UK, and Bilbao, Spain. She curated the exhibition Language of Puncture at Gallery 101 (Ottawa).


Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican Artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking, and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo's work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. He has exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie Saw Gallery, and other artist-run centers across the country.

In 2014, Trejo participated in the Québec City Biennial and was shortlisted for the Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist Prize. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Creative Fusion (Cleveland), and the International Symposium on Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul. In 2014, Guillermo also received the Young Artist FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico) grant for Mexican Artists and a production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He also teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and directs OSA Editions, a project that invites local artists to create limited edition prints at the OSA print studio.



Valérie Yobé has a PhD in Semiology and has been teaching as an associate professor in Graphic Design at l’École Multidisciplinaire de l’Image (ÉMI)  at the University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO), since 2001. After starting a career in advertising in Paris, she continued in graphic design in Quebec with clients in the social and cultural fields. She is an accredited DGA (designer graphique agréé) by the Société des Designers Graphiques du Québec (SDGQ), where she was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. Last year, Yobé became the Directrice of l’École Multidisciplinaire de l’Image at UQO. 

In 2014, Yobé created the non for profit organization la tribu grafik. Through activities like curating, collaborative initiatives between practitioners, editorial projects, critical thinking, and workshops locally and overseas, la tribu grafik conceptualizes and produces research-creation projects that rethink the uses of design, decompartmentalize practices, and innovate socially and culturally. Yobé promotes the practice of and research in graphic design in order to make it a real object of knowledge.

This year, Yobé received a three year grant from Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC),  to support the research and creation of a project called Graphisme Citoyen: pratiques artistiques et construction du lien social au sein de l’école primaire.


We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.