Zinnia Naqvi photo by Paige Sabourin

Zinnia Naqvi

Zinnia Naqvi (she/her) is a lens-based artist working in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work examines issues of colonialism, cultural translation, language, and gender through the use of photography, video, the written word, and archival material. Recent projects have included archival and re-staged images, experimental documentary films, video installations, graphic design, and elaborate still-lives. Her artworks often invite the viewer to consider the position of the artist and the spectator, as well as analyze the complex social dynamics that unfold in front of the camera.

Naqvi's work has been shown across Canada and internationally. She is a 2022 Fall Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence and recipient of the 2019 New Generation Photography Award organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Naqvi is member of EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group, an intergenerational feminist collective. Naqvi received a BFA in Photography Studies from Toronto Metropolitan University and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University. She is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto and Toronto Metropolitan University.

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Archive Creation Residency - Reflection
Rungh’s Archive Creation Residency virtually gathered artists Serena Lukas Bhandar, Farheen Haq, Shelly Bahl and Zinnia Naqvi as they reflect on conversations about memory, archive, family, relations, and intergenerational knowledge exchange.
Vol. 5, No. 1
Dear NaniBy Zinnia Naqvi
Dear Nani is a project that addresses issues of gender performance and colonial mimicry through the family archive.