Promotional background photo by andi icaza-largaespada for I Spy… 2021.

Promotional background photo by andi icaza-largaespada for I Spy… 2021.

Artist Talk

I Spy… Online Artist Talk Series


Zoom Webinar
Book here for April 21
Book here for April 28
Book here for May 15 

UNIT/PITT is excited to host a free program of online artist talks based on our I Spy… Disposable Camera Mail Art Project, curated by multidisciplinary curator Nadia Mahamoor through Shumka Centre’s Art Apprenticeship Network with Brit Bachmann and Rachel Lau.

The series begins this Thursday, April 21 at 12pm PST with an artist talk and presentation by musician and writer Izzy Cenedese, and continues with Raine Bongon on April 28, and Ella White on May 5.

This online artist talk series is a part of a connecting bridge of projects created by UNIT/PITT. This Spring, multi-disciplinary curator Nadia Mahamoor has invited three artists to discuss their practice, present their work, and share their common ground with the themes of I spy…, UNIT/PITT’s disposable camera mail art project.

This event will be a Zoom Webinar, and it will be recorded. Attendees will not be visible, but they may submit questions and comments through the Chat function. Live Closed Captioning will be available through For additional accessibility enquiries, please email [email protected]

This series is supported by Shumka Centre’s Art Apprenticeship Network, which connects students of Emily Carr University of Art + Design with established mentors.

Izzy Cenedese is a musician with a visceral writing style. Focusing on lyrics, they string stories together using a “freaky folky” sound mixed between sweet melodies. Izzy is the recipient of Said The Whales’ 2020 Young Artist Grant and has since been playing shows locally. They are now working on their artist collective “Freshly Squeezed”(named after their debut album), experimenting with a hyper pop alias, and hoping to put an album out soon.

Raine Bongon is a Filipina-Canadian screenwriter, script analyst and poet. An award-winning graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film, Television and Games program, she has since worked in the industry writing script coverage as well as helping out on sets as Production Assistant and Script Supervisor. Her poetry can be found published in Glass Mountain Literary Magazine and local art journals. Her work primarily focuses on themes of identity, minds and bodies, the Filipino diaspora, girlhood, trauma and punk rock.

Ella White is a Gitxaala Nation Tsimshian and Japanese artist and writer residing on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh nations. She primarily works in graphite revolving around the human figure. More recently, she has been practicing film photography alongside text. Her poetry incorporates themes of colonialism, sexual assault, and femininity. Ella is deeply inspired by intersectionality and its complexity. She has recently been open to conceptual art and the ways in which art is expansive. Ella’s work has been featured in Burnaby Art Gallery’s Exhibition: “Transitions” (2019).

Nadia Mahamoor is a first generation Sri-Lankan-Malay multi-disciplinary creator currently residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her work currently focuses on identity, textiles, fantasy, futurisms and moral ambiguity. She enjoys conceptual design, experience building, expression, creating dialogs, sharing stories with communities, and exploring new narratives. Currently, she is in the process of completing a BDes at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, majoring in Industrial Design.

UNIT/PITT is a charitable non-profit artist run organization based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver BC. I spy… a disposable camera project is a mail art program created by UNIT/PITT:


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