As a researcher, Dr. Lorna Boschman is learning how community members share health-related knowledge via digital storytelling. As a teacher, she shares her skills in the critical and technical use of digital media in both community and academic settings.
Over the last four years, Dr. Boschman worked closely with Dr. Mary Bryson on "Cancer’s Margins", an arts- and community-based research study. The national research team looked at how LBGT2Q people who have been diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer have accessed care, are supported while in treatment, and communicated health knowledge. Lorna’s collaboration on Cancer’s Margins as a mentor included working with a lesbian living with metastatic cancer.
As a media artist, she shares unique perspectives from within social justice struggles. From her earliest documentary Scars (1986), through collaborations with Vancouver artists in Kiss & Tell (1992-2002), the self-advocate community in this ability (2006) and From the Inside/OUT! (2000), and a digital storytelling mentorship supporting a lesbian living with metastatic cancer in just being (2015), Lorna’s experimental documentary filmmaking reveals hidden stories beneath visible layers. Talking Poles (2009-10) incorporates community-based personal narratives into an interactive public art installation in South Surrey.
In recent years, curated programs of Lorna’s work have appeared as exhibitions (Milan 2014) and theatrical programs (Brussels 2014). At the 2011 Panorama of Quebec and Canadian Video, 29 Festival International Du Film Sur L’Art, in Montréal, Lorna was a featured media artist. In October 2016, Lorna Boschman was chosen by a jury of her peers as the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016 honouree in Film & New Media.
Lorna holds a PhD (2012, SFU) and MA (2007, SFU) in Interactive Arts and Technology and BFA (2005, ECADU) in Film/Video.
Published in November 2016