نَسيم عَسگَري
nasim asgari


Education

2021 | Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Human Rights and Equity Studies, York University

Selected Poetry

2021  | Seethrough

2020 | remind me I'm alive

2020 | the day my grandfather died

2020 | depleted: for roua

2020 | undefined

2020 | reminder to self

2020 | burning

2019  | Untitled

2018  | grenade

2018  | Make Ourselves Better

2017  | Forever an Immigrant

2017  | Exotical

2016  | Liminality

2016  | today is her birthday

2016  | grandma’s dentures

2015  | baba’s glasses

2015  | Girl’s Like Me

2015  | Breath of a Warrior

2014  | Stuck At The Border

2014  | Letter to Katy Perry & the Like- From a 16-Year-Old

2013  | Letter to Maman She will Never Read

2013  | Revolution of Butterflies

2013  | Still, a Long Way

2013  | Once Upon a Sunset

2013  | maman’s hands

2013  | For the Prophet

2012  | Dreaming the Dream

2012  | Wake Up

2012  | Maybe

2012  | Revolutionize the Soul Step by Step

2010  | A Minaret in Switzerland

Selected Performances

2021  | X Avant- You In Mind, The Music Gallery, RISE, 918 Bathurst

2021  | Unity Festival, Unity Charity, Gladstone Hotel/ Virtual Broadcasted on Amazon Music Canada

2021  | Art on My Mind, Art Gallery of York University, Virtual

2021  | The Good Time T.O, Bickford Park

2021  | Musicians and Poets for Palestine, Virtual

2020 | We Keep Each Other Safe, Toronto Prisoners Rights Project, Virtual 

2020 | Take Back the Night, Red Dot Project, Seneca College

2020 | Stories of Truth 2.0, Racialized Young Professionals, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

2019 | Poetry Solidarity & Resilience, GSA Carleton, Carleton University, Ottawa 

2019 | Don’t Pass It Down, Mosaic Institute, University of Toronto Mississauga 

2019 | Speakout Poetry, Studio.89, Mississauga

2018 | FOLD 2018, Brampton

2018 | Racism Talk Series, Ryerson Faculty of Community Service, X University

2018 | 416 RISE, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto

2018 | Poetry Evening, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

2017 | Nuit Blanche, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

2017 |  Collecting Personal Archives: A Community Arts Space Project, the Gardiner Museum, 

2017 | Creative Time Summit Toronto: Of Homelands and Revolution, Koerner Hall, Toronto

2017 | Opening Performance for Lowkey, York University

2017 | Celebrating our Voices Panel, Ryerson University, Toronto

2017 | Protest Against Muslim Ban, Black Liives Matter TO/ Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia, Toronto

2017 | Urban Legends, Ottawa

2017 | Newcomer Students Association, X University

2016 | Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2016 | Unity MC and Spoken Word Showcase, Super Wonder Gallery

2015 | Launch of the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Toronto

2015 | Volume: Sisters Make Noise, Daniels Spectrum 

2014 | Spoken Word at Unity Festival 

2014 | TedX Rouge River, Toronto Zoo      

2013 | University of Toronto, Scarborough

2012 | York University

2010 | Tawheed Summer Camp

Group Exhibitions

2018 | Musinterpreted, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto (curated by Truth and Dare Project)

2017 | Collecting Personal Archives: A Community Arts Space Project, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (curated by soJin Chun Zahra Agjee) 

2017 | Featured performer in Madeleine Co’s Listen to the Chorus, a collaborative large scale 4 channel video installation, Nuit Blanche, Toronto (curated by Barbara Fischer)

Videos

2021 | All Right, (a collaborative music video with Terence Penny, Named Tobias, Zakisha Brown, Nathan Baya and Tracey Kayy ), Art Gallery of York University

2020 | Hope You Relate,  (a collaborative music video with Terence Penny, Named Tobias, Zakisha Brown and Tracey Kayy), Art Gallery of York University.

2019 | CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: 8 young poets speak their truth in anxious times”

2017   CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: Nasim Asgari ‘Forever an immigrant’

Films

2018 | RISE, an experimental documentary by artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.

Publications

2021 | Kopia TV

2021 | Pulse Zine, Students of Colour Collective, University of Victoria

2019 | Exhibition Folio: Ai Weiwei Unbroken, Gardiner Museum

2018 | Nasim Asgari, what was swept under the Persian rug, self-published

2016 | Fatimeh Syed, “Speak Out: How an Inspiring New Generation of Spoken Word Poets Found Their Voices” This Magazine

2015 | Desmond Cole, “Taking Action against Bill C-51: A report from Toronto, one of fifty-six Canadian cities protest government’s proposed anti-terror law”, The Walrus

Interviews

2020 | The Morning Shift

2018  | Metro Morning, Interview with Matt Galloway

2015  | Radio 1010, Interview with Desmond Cole

Facilitated Workshops

2017-2020   | Toronto Public Library, Poetry Saved Our Lives

2019- 2020 | All-Star Poetry Series

2018 | Art Gallery of York University, Truth Be Told

2014 | Wali Ul Asr School

2013 | Unity Charity

Awards & Grants 

2022 | Ontario Arts Council - Art Catalyst Grant

2021 | Ontario Arts Council - BIPOC Artist Development Grant

2021 | Art Galleries of Ontario Nomination - Community Programming, Art On My Mind, Hope You Can Relate

2016 | RISE Edutainment Community Award

2014 | Second place team, York Region District School Board’s Poetry Slam

2014 | Unity Charity MVP Award

2013 | First place team, York Region District School Board’s Poetry Slam



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