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Fonna-Tasha Seidu, (b. 1990, CAN)

f.seidu@gmail.com | fonnaseidu.com

Education

2010-2014 York University, B. A. Psychology, Toronto, ON

1999-2008 Ontario Conservatory of Music, Classical Piano, Toronto, ON

Mentorships

2013 Gallery 44 x Supporting Our Youth, Film Photography

AGO, Jason Evan’s Portraiture Workshop

Gallery 44 x The Nia Centre for Arts, Film Photography

2012  DUO Media, Peer 2 Peer Training, Toronto, ON

Partial Client List

106 & York Urban Arts Festival, AVNU, Canadian Media Guild, City of Toronto’s Art Services, Community Empowering Enterprises, George Brown College Student Association, Grassroots Youth Collaborative, Ill Nana/DiverseCity Dance Company, Piece of Mine Theatre Festival, The People Project, Supporting Our Youth, Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, Toronto Youth Equity Strategy, Trans Film Screening Series, Watah Theatre, Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative

Group Exhibitions

2015

Vulva Is, Feminist Art Conference, Toronto, ON

2013

Strange Sisters: The Insatiable Redux, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, ON

Flux, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON

Black to the Future, Sherbourne Health Centre, Toronto, ON

Invited Talks, Panels, and Workshops

2016

Adam, Fonna, Working with Intersecting Identities – Racialized LGBTQ Youth, Ministry of Children and Youth

Muluba, Tumaini, Fonna, Collective Visioning: Young Women’s Project – Chunking, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

Ryan, Fonna, Getting Your Research Out There: Social Media, OPIRG Toronto Symposium on Social and Environmental Justice Confronting Racism

Tracey, Yasser, Fonna, Social Media 101 for Non-Profit Organizations, ArtReach

Muluba, Tumaini, Fonna, Collective Visioning: Young Women’s Project, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

2015

Slimthick, Fonna, Allyship & Anti-Oppression 101 in Volunteering, Toronto French School x Empower Youth x SOY HEAT

Antoinette, Fonna, DIY Parlor (Monthly), Centre for Women and Trans People at York University

Tanya, Fonna, Skills Curation, The People Project and NiaZamar

Tumaini, Fonna, Sex Positivity and Harm Reduction for Young Leaders, Private Organization

Niko, Romeo, Fonna, Storytelling & Misrepresentation of (LGBTQ*) Children and Youth in Media, York University’s Childhood in Canadian Culture Class

Yasser and Fonna, Social Media 101, ArtReach and Urban Arts

Jordyn and Fonna, New Language and Terminologies in LGBTQ Youth Communities, Rainbow Health Ontario

Kamilah, Tumaini, Fonna, What’s Glitter Got To Do With It: Exploring Youth Engagement and HIV Prevention Programming, University of Toronto’s Masters of Social Work Students

Aerissa, Kike, Fonna, LGBTQ+ 101 and Training for People Working with Youth, Toronto Public Health

Aerissa, Kike, Fonna, Working with LGBTQ+ Youth, York University’s Students Pursuing Bachelors Education

Jordyn, Starr, Fonna, LGBTQ+ 101 and Training for People Working with Youth, Toronto Public Health

2014

Ocean, Nicole, Fonna, Demystifying Transmission, World AIDs Day at University of Toronto

Kike, Jordyn, Sarah-Lee, Slimthick, Verlia, Fonna, LGBTQ+ Consent, Safer Sex, and Harm Reduction, Humberside Collegiate Institute

Mel G.C., Fonna S., Sexual Health Training for People Working with Youth, Toronto Public Health

Jordyn, Aerissa, Fonna, Anti-Oppression 101, S.O.Y. Get Out

Kamplex, Fonna S., Digital Storytelling, Leaving Evidence Archiving Project

Fonna S., John C., Sarah-Lee U., Slimthick, Sexuality, S.O.Y. H.E.A.T. – Toronto Community Housing Youth Leaders

Alyssa, Dwight, Erin, Fonna, Kenny, Anti-Oppression 101 Workshop, S.O.Y. H.E.A.T. – Alphabet Soup

Andii, Fonna, Sarah, 3Ps: Pictionary, Plastercine, & Pleasure!, STARS at the StudioEdgar, Fonna, Mel, Michael, Proud Goddess, Sarah, Digital Stories Showcase: Lived Experiences and the Social Determinants of Health, Youth Research Symposium: Youth Sexuality, and Sexual Health

Andii, Carver, Fonna, Sarah, Sarah S., Community Soundbyte: Empower, RHO Conference

Bower, M., Seidu, F., Anti-Oppression Workshop/Discussion, Centre for Women and Trans People at York University

Boustead, N., Forsberg, L., Pirie, L., Seidu, F., Suri, A., Life After CAP: Strategies of Survival, York University

Gayle, M., Lyaruu, T., Seidu, F., HIV Queeries: Demystifying Transmission, Unison Pathways to Education

Publications

2016

Switzer, S, Lyaruu, T., Apong, K., Bell, O, Manuel-Smith, C, Hernandez, L., Pariah, S., McWhinney, P.G., Seidu, F., Bykes, A. (2016) What’s glitter got to do with it?: Re-imagining harm reduction, decision-making and the politics of youth engagement. In Smith, C. & Marshall, Z (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Harm Reduction: Conflict, Institutionalization, Co-optation, Depoliticization, and Direct Action. Nova Publishers: New York.

2015

Adventure’s in Nest-Building (Or, How to support place-based youth organizing): A YSI Collaborative Learning Document (Contributing Photographer), December 2015

Chimurenga: Watah Theatre Inaugural (Guest Photographer), December 2015

Sidai 1-4, From The Root Zine: Issue #2 Body, March 2015

Sidai 000 Zine: Stories of Our Bodies, March 2015

Essential Things For Surviving As A Young Black LGBTQ Freelancer, Canadian Media Guild Blog, February 2015

2014

Headwrap Headshots (Amanda), From The Root Zine: Issue #1 Hair, June 2014

NIA Centre 2014 Calendar (August Feature), February 2014

Toronto Youth Equity Strategy: Building Resilience and Supportive Systems (Contributing Photographer), January 2014

Headwrap Headshots Series, 436York United Black Students’ Alliance, Back Cover, February 2014

2013

Say NO to femme taming and FUCK YEAH to femme claiming, Queer and Trans Suppliment, Excalibur: York University ‘s Community Paper, November 2013

Beads of Survival, Flux, Gallery 44 Zine, page 19, June 2013

Film And Video Art Productions

2014

Route To Love. Director/Editor. Digital Video. 3:13 Minutes. Story about mental health and self- harm as a young Black woman and overcoming this with art.

The Femme Chronicles (work-in-progress). Director/Editor. Digital Video. TBD. Documentary about 4 individuals who identify within the femme spectrum.

Selected Features

2015 Faces From Our Community: Fonna Seidu, Youth Social Infrastructure Blog, February 2015

2014 Unveiled: Honoured Dyke Group – The Toronto Fierce Femme Organizers, Kim Milan Blog, June 2014

2013 Fonna Seidu and Wafa Fageer: People with Purpose, Nia Centre for the Arts Blog, July 2013

Key Performances

2013 The Tranzac, Requirem for a Dream – Drag Musical, Drag Performance

The Mod Club, Honey Jam, Piano Accompaniment – Domanique Grant

York University Winters College, Roots Lounge, Solo Piano

2011 Rizzo Banquet Hall, Ghana’s Most Beautiful Canada Pageant 2011, Vocal Accompaniment – Kellie Asante

York University Martin Family Lounge, Final Showcase, Vocal Duet

2010 The Association of Black Students at WLU, Coffee House, Solo Piano

Research Support

2015

Warren Clarke, Vulnerability & Youth Work

Sarah Switzer, Tumaini Lyrauu, K. Apong, O. Bell, C. M. Smith, L. Hernandez, S. Stransky, P. G. McWhinney, F. Seidu, A. Bykes, What’s Glitter Got To Do With It: Exploring Youth Engagement and HIV Prevention Programming 

Last Updated: Mar. 21, 2016