Kamee was born in an immigrant suburb to an Armenian family by way of the SWANA region. They arrive in the world today as a queer mother and an interdisciplinary creative, writer, producer, and facilitator. They have a BFA/BA in film and political science (Concordia University) and an MA in expressive art therapy (European Graduate Institute). Kamee is currently pursuing an MA/PhD in community, liberation, indigenous and eco psychologies (Pacifica Graduate Institute). The bedrock of their creative background is in visual art, performance, film, and immersive storytelling. Their work is primarily collaborative and is interested in ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism, and radical imaginaries. They have published both literary and academic work, internationally exhibited and presented visual and digital artwork, films and staged performances, curated art spaces and events, and facilitated workshops across Canada and USA. Most recently, Kamee has been working freelance under Saboteur Productions (founder) and collaboratively through Kalik Arts (co-founder).
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PUBLISHED WORKS & CONFERENCES
“Excerpt from a Work-in-Progress: Motherhood is Speculative (Non)Fiction: A Rhizomatic Writing Experiment Examining Motherhood and Matrescence,” The Community Psychologist; Volume 52, Number 2, Spring 2019.
“Coffee No. 1” No, Dear Magazine (cover art), guest edited by Alina Gregorian (2018).
“Dear Armen” Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts, edited by Peter Dickinson, C.E. Gatchalian, Kathleen Oliver & Dalbir Singh (2018).
“Herstories of Divine Love,” The Armenian Review; Volume 56, Number 1-2 (Spring–Summer 2018).
“Stitching Stories: a ceremony of cross-cultural psycho-narrative restoration,” Presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action; University of Ottawa (June 2017).
“Development of Racial Justice Values for the Classroom,” Presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action; University of Ottawa (June 2017).
“Kim Kardashian: The Dark Horse of Armenian Society*,” Paper presented at After Genocide: From Trauma to Rebirth: A Gendered Perspective; Organized by Women in War (Paris) with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan (September 2016).
“Narratives and Sense of Community amongst Syrian-Armenian Newcomers in Toronto,” Paper presented at Global Histories of Refugees Conference; University of Melbourne (October 2016).
“when you left us in armenia / 2011,” BTWN | The Between Journal (issue: 2016).
“Dear Armen,” Ardziv Magazine, (issue: December 2014)
Spruceton Inn Artist Residency (2019)
LAMMY FINALIST for LGBTQ Anthology (2019) for “Dear Armen” in Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts
AGBU Performing Arts Grant (2018) for Transmission Short Film
Armenian Art Foundation Project Grant (2018) for “Herstories of Divine Love” Solo Art Show
RACC Project Grant (2018) for Transmission Short Film
Society for Community Research & Action Mini Community Grant (2018) for DYADS
Playwrights Theatre & Vancouver Fringe Festival (2017) New Play Prize for Setting Bones
Canada Arts Council Film & Video Research/Creation Grant (2016) World of Q Film Series
BC Arts Council Theatre Project Grant (2016) for Setting Bones
BC Arts Council Touring Initiatives Grant (2016) for Dear Armen East Coast Tour
BC Arts Council Theatre Project Grant (2015) for Dear Armen Pacific Coast Tour
Canada Council Theatre Travel Grant (2015) to attend ReOrient Festival in San Francisco
Canada Council Visual Arts Project Grant (2015) for Dear Armen Performance-Installation