Melina Sabeti-Mehr is a Toronto-based independent arts curator and community programmer, writer, and film photographer. Her work focuses on social justice, transgenerational memory, and storytelling, often influenced by her Iranian culture and upbringing in the United Arab Emirates. Melina has previously worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, The Textile Museum of Canada, The Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Hart House, and others. She is currently a team member of The Asian Canadian Living Archive and runs invisibilities zine.

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 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. She is always open to collaborations, questions, or general discussions - you can reach out via hello@melinamehr.com

RECENT PROJECTS

Belonging to Each Other by Misbah Ahmed, Exhibition Essay
Xpace Cultural Centre, 2021

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

Portrait by Rachel Kirstein