Shimshon Obadia (pronouns: they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and community activist living and working on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people. Their work aims to educate and empower those who interact with it through the collective exchange of mutual empathy. They have been doing this through a practice of self-advocacy “soft” activism. This work has been focused on organizing within the communities their intersectional identity as a queer trans non-binary, neurodivergent, mixed-race person of colour connects them to, and defines them by. They have toured workshops and presented work across Canada and abroad. The organizations they've made creative work for span the gamut from the Toronto Public Library, to the Kelowna Museums Society, to CBC/Radio-Canada. Recently, they had an ekphrastic audio poem presented at the Kelowna Art Gallery as part of the interactive Exhibition, 'A Year from Now' which was also published in the official exhibition catalogue. Most days they can be found writing, reading, working with the Inspired Word Café Society (where they produce and host a podcast of the same name as the society), or facilitating public programs for the Okanagan Gender Identity Group, and generally causing--mostly--good kinds of trouble in the world!
Photo credit: Emmett MacMillen http://www.EmmettMacMillen.com