MA Students

As well as providing an enriched interdisciplinary context for study, the MA in Comparative Media Arts prepares students for work as curators, cultural programmers, arts administrators, arts writers, and other careers in the arts. It also prepares students for a range of PhDs that study the fine and performing arts.

Rose Anza-Burgess

MA Graduate Student

Areas: Early modern, humanism, posthumanism, renaissance, revolutions, and the human form.

I am a fledgling writer pursuing an MA in Comparative Media Arts at Simon Fraser University. In this program, I am hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the consequential periods of time that result to transformative changes in the way we see, feel, and interact with the world around us. 

I am a transfer from the MA in Liberal Studies program at SFU. My educational background is in humanities and art history. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies from Capilano University, and have pursued further studies in Art History and Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. My undergraduate research is an interrogation of art, knowledge, and visual culture during the early modern period. My work in the field of art are reflected in the following: as a Curatorial Intern at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, as an Official Photographer at the Vancouver Biennale, as a Production and Site Assistant at the Vancouver fringe Festival, and as a Museum Assistant at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Outside of arts and academics, I have a competitive background as a student-athlete. During my undergraduate years, I played for Capilano University’s Women’s Basketball team. However, an ACL injury ended my career in the cutthroat world of college sports, leading me to pursue a career in coaching. I have since coached Point Grey Secondary’s Junior Girls Basketball team from 2010 to 2014, and Cariboo Hill Secondary’s Bantam team from 2015-2016. I am taking a short break from coaching in order to focus on my career as an emerging writer and arts scholar.

Passion is what drives me to pursue. I have a very talented and inspiring wife, and a big family who teaches me a lot about love, life and humility.

Mallory Gemmel

MA Graduate Student

Areas: Photography, Art History, Visual Culture and Curating.

After spending majority of my youth in Edmonton Alberta, I moved to Vancouver five years ago to pursue a BFA in Photography and Curatorial Studies at Emily Carr University. My BFA consisted of making photographs as a way to experience and understand the conditions that surrounded me. It also offered me an opportunity to look into the past on a personal and culture level. This made me realize my tendency to believe in a metering of veracity by questioning truths and falsehoods. I love to learn and I enjoy engaging within spaces and communities that allow me to do so. I hope for my MA to be an extension of my simple knowledge in visual studies, culture and art history.

I am unsure of where my studies will guide me, however I have keen interest in contemporary media and popular culture. I plan to research the production and consumption of the constant disposable imagery that culture is currently accustomed with, to form an effective understanding of how these media are affecting the development of youth and youth culture. With an interest in the current state of contemporary art, I wish to produce methods of curating that challenge the status of exhibition making, writing and speaking about art. I hope to form a method of curating that breaks the borders of art’s exclusivity and shows a broad spectrum of consumers that art is a pivotal part of culture and our understanding.

Yani Kong

PhD (Special Arrangements)

Areas: Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art History, Visual Culture, Cultural Studies.

I am a visual culture historian and scholar completing a PhD by special arrangement in the School for the Contemporary Arts. I hold a Masters in Theory, Culture, and Politics from Trent University, and am an alumna of SFU SCA with a BA in Art and Culture Studies. My research focusses on the concept of the disenchantment of the world and the possibilities for art and other visual phenomena to stimulate forms of re- enchantment. I study bodies of artwork that possess haunted qualities, completing my MA thesis on the 19th Century American spirit photographer William Mumler, and now turning my attention to Post-911 visual culture through the work of Art Spiegelman, Ryan McGinley, and Robert Gober.

Micaela Kwiatkowski

MA Graduate Student

Areas: Contemporary Art, Queer and Feminist Theory, Curatorial Studies.

Micaela Kwiatkowski is an artist and curator working on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Her work engages in a critical feminist practice that intersects with contemporary colonial, art historical and queer discourses. Kwiatkowski completed her BFA at the University of British Columbia with a Concentration in English Literature, and continues to develop public programming for the arts.

Jason Margolis

MA Graduate Student

E: jmargoli@sfu.ca

I am a filmmaker, journalist and media educator, and I work as a producer for SFU’s Creative Studio. My career encompasses contributions as a writer, director, producer, picture editor, story editor and musical composer on documentaries, features, short films, music videos and television series. In my personal work, I recognize an ongoing interest in mythology, memory, marginalization, subculture and dogs, and occasionally incorporate archaic production technology such as degraded film stock and toy video cameras. These personal projects have screened in international film festivals and art galleries, and have been broadcast on television networks around the world.

My education includes a BA in film production from UBC, fellowships from SFU’s Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and CTV/Banff Television Festival, and development training courses from the National Screen Institute - Canada. As a media educator, I taught screenwriting and production at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver Film School and the Art Institute of Vancouver, and have guest lectured at Capilano University.

Having spent several seasons running a television series on the ways emerging technologies affect culture and entertainment, I have a special interest in the evolution of our interaction with storytelling and art. My research aims to explore the influence of audience engagement and participation with content, aesthetics, structure and format of audiovisual media. I would like to examine how new opportunities to directly interact with and influence storytellers and artists are redefining the nature of art itself.

Diego Slosse

MA Graduate Student

E: dslosse@sfu.ca

Areas: Photography.

My photographic practice is a process of producing and exploring my fascination of nature and people. With this in mind, I always look for energy in light, shades and subtle nuances from a personal photographic look and substantiated vision.

In my images, I always try to look for connections between people and the interactions between

man and nature. I identify with this theme because of my wanderlust and wanting to meet new people and explore new places. This intrigues me because of the connections that occur while I take the image in a particular setting. As I travel to create this narrative, I’m looking for engagement; a mix between the personal and the social that communicates with other people.

My work is mainly poetic with a documentary and social-political touch. With my photographs, I try to look for a topic, reveal a story and raise awareness amongst the viewer. Photography can be a tool to describe a reality that people don’t know. In that sense, I try to bring that reality or story to the viewer so that they have a better understanding of the world around them.

Artists such as Alec Soth, Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, etc. have been an inspiration to my goal of becoming a photographer.

The act of taking the photo is just a document of the event before the click. The hunt for the image, the people to portray, the conversation with yourself and others, setting up the 4x5” or 35mm camera; all of this adds to the meandering, the searching and the process of telling that I pursue.

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