Melina Mehr is a multi-disciplinary creator raised in Abu Dhabi and currently based in Toronto. She is an art museum professional, writer, editor, and film photographer, whose work focuses on social justice, transgenerational memory, and storytelling. She has researched, collaborated, and created programming for the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, The Textile Museum of Canada, The Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and multiple departments in the University of Toronto.

Melina received her Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, where she concentrated on reframing art history and curatorship with racialized narratives, while simultaneously implementing accessible exhibition spaces and web interactions for gallery visitors. She also completed a Double Major Honours B.A in Cinema Studies and English Literature at U of T, where she wrote a collection of poetry under the guidance of poets George Elliott Clarke and Christian Campbell.

In both her professional and personal pursuits, Melina works towards creating environments a little more open and kind, representing marginalized communities with resilience and nobility. Her side projects include: running a DIY zine press, freelance curatorial research and community programming, and (very) slowly acquiring her private pilot license. Portrait by Rachel Kirstein.

RECENT PROJECTS

Shapeshifting Through Time with Kendra Yee, Interview/Editorial
Mirror Mirror Gallery x Banded Purple x Studio Brutus, 2020

Digital Access: An Agenda, Editorial
Mirror Mirror Gallery x Banded Purple x Studio Brutus, 2020

Za'faran, Short Story
The Vault by Without/Pretend, 2019

Dismantling White Supremacy in Galleries, Archives, Libraries, & Museums, Workshop (Diversity Working Group)
Information & Museum Studies Conference, 2019

Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition (Curator, Interpretive Planner)
Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 2019

invisibilities zine, Print Publication (Founder)
Launched October 16, 2018

This Is Our Place, Dance Residency (Curatorial Team)
I/O Movement with The Bentway, 2018

Showcasing the Teaching Collection (Curator, Interpretive Planner)
NOW Magazine x Textile Museum of Canada, 2018

Let's collaborate ~ hello@melinamehr.com