Shimshon Obadia (pronouns: they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and community activist living and working on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people. They hold an interdisciplinary fine arts degree with a focus on performance and education from the University of British Columbia. Their work aims to educate and empower those who interact with it through the collective exchange of mutual empathy. Most recently, they have been doing this through self-advocacy “soft” activism. This work has been focused on organizing within the communities their intersectional identity as a queer trans non-binary autistic person of colour connects and defines them by. Recently, they received an Award of Excellence from Ottawa’s Cinema WorldFest awards for their documentary and long-term eco-justice art project, Daylighting the Classroom. They have toured workshops and presented work across Canada and abroad. Over the past few years Obadia has been one of many artists, scientists and organizations contributing to the Social Life of Water exhibition, working with the Kelowna Museums Society. Currently, they lead the exhibitions and public programming of the Cool Arts Society in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada where they have been collaborating with fellow adult artists with developmental disabilities, using art education as a means for bolstering unique perspectives in a seemingly incompatible world. Most days they can be found writing, reading, working with the Inspired Word Café Society (where they host a monthly podcast of the same name as the society), or the Okanagan Gender Identity Group, and just generally causing (mostly) good kinds of trouble in the world!

Photo credit: Emmett MacMillen http://www.EmmettMacMillen.com