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Yaniya Lee

Sessional Lecturer

Yaniya Lee is a Toronto-based writer and editor interested in the ethics of aesthetics. Her interdisciplinary research questions critical-reading practices and reconsiders Canadian art histories. Her writing has appeared in Flash, FADER, Vulture, Canadian Art, VICE Motherboard, and C Magazine. She was a founding collective member of MICE Magazine and is a member of the EMILIA-AMALIA working group, the latter of which was artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the summer in 2017. Lee has participated in residencies at Banff (2017), the Blackwood Gallery (2018), Gallery 44 (2018), and Vtape (2019), and she will be the 2020 researcher in residence at Arttexte. In November 2019, Lee and curator Denise Ryner co-convened the Bodies, Borders, Fields Symposium in Toronto. The three-day series of workshops, performances, and talks revisited a 1967 roundtable conversation from artscanada magazine on the theme of “black.” Lee and Ryner will guest-edit the upcoming fall 2020 issue of Canadian Art magazine, where Lee currently works as features editor. Lee was previously on the editorial advisory committees for Fuse and C Magazine and she now sits on the board of directors of Mercer Union.