Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, curator, programmer, and arts-administrator with over a decade’s worth of experience in Toronto's arts sector. 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 currently serves as the Curator of Programs and Education at the Gardiner Museum where she leads the museum's public programsand annual Community Arts Space projects. She has previously held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, South Asian Visual Art Centre, and Mayworks Festival. The majority of her curatorial and programming work supports racialized artists whose work responds to contemporary issues. Mansour was recently selected as a Fellow in the 2020 Cohort of Toronto Arts Council's Leaders Lab. 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.