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.

Farshad Ameri

MA Graduate Student

Kwyn Kenaz Aquino

MA Graduate Student

Kwyn Kenaz Aquino earned her bachelor’s degree from Ateneo de Manila University, where she studied film and media. While at Ateneo, she wrote about the essay film as an emerging genre that welcomes conversations about identity and film itself. Before coming to Simon Fraser University, Kwyn worked as a magazine editor, covering film, entertainment, art, style, and photography. Her master’s research at SFU will focus on the culture exchange between film and television, specifically in the areas of cinematography and distribution. Kwyn is also interested in film festival programming, the philosophy of costume design, and the cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Cindy Shin Ying Chan

MA Graduate Student

Storm Rose Eva Hall Greenwood

MA Graduate Student

I am a multidisciplinary artist and researcher from Britain, newly arrived in Vancouver to study for my MA in Comparative Media Arts. Starting from an Undercommons conceptualisation of study as a corporeal practice and not merely an intellectual one, I am interested in the creation of new methodologies for bodily hermeneutic discussion.

I have a BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Roehampton (London, UK) and during my final year I wrote an extended dissertation under the supervision of performance scholar-practitioner P.A. Skantze. Drawing on the concept of the Undercommons, my dissertation, 'Secular Space/Sacred Sound: Performative Ritual as Textual Intervention,' explored the creation of a performative ritual. This ritual sought to provide a space in which to intervene in the patriarchal silencing of the Other in formative Western texts through theoretical, performative, somatic and rhizomatic forms of learning.

During my MA I intend to continue exploring the relationship between private and public affective experience and the ways in which Undercommons study, black feminist love politics and the radical politics of hope shape work in this field. I am fascinated by the discussions enabled by writing at the intersection of theory, poetry, performance and fiction. I have been inspired by the writing of Helene Cixous, Fred Moten, Ashon T. Crawley, Barbara Browning and P.A. Skantze, whose work in different registers and modes creates interdisciplinary spaces between diverse forms of writing and practice.

During the last year I have been working on a personal research project entitled 'Stitch Theory: A Methodology for Slow and Reciprocal Devotion.' Stitch Theory exists at the intersection of art and theory and is the practice of embroidering quotes from theoretical and poetic texts and gifting them back to the scholars and writers who wrote them. In June 2018 I had the pleasure of leading a participatory embroidery performance as part of the Found Performance Symposium, an undisciplinary symposium exploring aesthetic methodologies in healthcare and medicine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, UK).

Lea Ashelia Hogan

MA Graduate Student

Areas: Performance, Gender, New Media, Queer Studies.

I earned my Baccalaureate of Arts from the University of Waterloo in Theatre & Performance, Speech communication, and a minor in Digital Arts Communication. I've worked in multiple roles in Theatre & Performance: actor, technician (lighting, sound, and occasional video), stage manager, production manager, and dramaturg. In my work, I've taken an interest in Queer and Gender Studies through my Communication program and Performance Devising Practice, inspiring a long existential re-examination of my being and my critical approach to unpacking Performance and Media while influencing a new interest in writing.

In my MA, I look to examine an Auto-Ethnographic approach to positioning Queer and Trans within Environmental and Institutional Spaces. I also will be examining New Media Approaches to Trans Positionality, critiquing audience reception towards different Trans identities and art, and unpacking ways to engage Trans New Media.

Negar Ipakchiazimi

MA Graduate Student

Michelle Kim

MA Graduate Student

Michelle Kim is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, actor, and novelist. Her directorial debut, The Tree Inside, played at various film festivals in North America and Asia, winning audience choice awards for best feature film at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in Portland. Running Through Sprinklers, her first novel, about girls growing up and growing apart in Surrey, BC, was published by Simon & Schuster USA in 2018. With a BA in Canadian Studies from the University of British Columbia, her master's research will focus on how the Korean concepts of han (sorrow), heung (excitement), and jeong (love & compassion) are expressed aesthetically in South Korean cinema.

Maria Palad

MA Graduate Student

Mohammad Zaki Rezwan

MA Graduate Student


Areas: Visual culture, cinema, media, popular culture, and cultural studies

Mohammad Zaki Rezwan always tries to seek who he is not and what he cannot do in his life. In less ambiguous words, he has a broad and diverse range of academic and professional interests.

He has taught cultural studies, film, media, communication, critical theory and postmodern literature in university for more than three years in Bangladesh. He also conducted workshops on digital illustration and graphics design in Bangladesh. Additionally, he engaged diversely as a fiction writer, graphic designer. photographer, and hobbyist filmmaker. His stories, poem, articles, designs, illustrations ,and photographs were published/exhibited in various conferences, newspapers, books, exhibitions, etc., in Bangladesh. For his previous graduate research, he gained practical experience in branding, marketing, social media promotion, copywriting, media management, etc., by directly being involved in the Bangladeshi media industry.

He completed his previous MA in Cultural Studies at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. His graduate thesis primarily explored media hegemony. In addition to this, he directed a short film and published a magazine for his graduate projects. Prior to that, he earned his BA in English from the same university, with a concentration in critical theories, postcolonial literature, and postmodern literature.

Some of his published research articles explore visual culture, film, media, social media, popular culture, and ecofeminism. He has also presented his research papers at several international conferences. Currently, he is researching the Rickshaw art of Bangladesh. He is also hoping to gain practical experience of Canadian art, museums, and media industries during his MA program.

He is always indebted to his friends, parents, teachers, and wife for their inspirations and support.