Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist working between video, installation, drawing, and performance. Her research-based practice draws from archival images, found footage, and material-culture to investigate notions of race and power through dance. Recent projects have centred on iconic entertainers that become apertures for thinking about the ways racial identities are performed and negotiated in popular culture. In presenting her work alongside material culture that informs her practice, she creates a constellation of images and ideas informed by critical feminist and post-colonial readings of history. She holds an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University and a BA joint Honours in Semiotics and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.
In addition to her independent artistic and curatorial practice, Nahed has over a decade’s worth of experience within the Toronto arts sector working as an arts administrator, curator, and programmer. She currently serves as the Senior Manager of Programs at the Gardiner Museum where she leads the museum's public programs and Community Arts Space. Nahed has previously held the positions of Constituent Curator - Communities and Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Artistic Director at the South Asian Visual Art Centre, and Director at Mayworks Festival Toronto. The majority of her curatorial and programming work supports visual, media, and community-based artists whose work respond to contemporary social, political, economic, and environmental issues from racialized and gendered perspectives.