Talysha Bujold-Abu to receive first annual Mini-Comic Bursary for Black and Indigenous Creators

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January 18, 2020

Talysha Bujold-Abu to receive first annual Mini-Comic Bursary for Black and Indigenous Creators

(Halifax, NS) Conundrum Press is pleased to announce that Talysha Bujold-Abu, an artist-illustrator, researcher, and arts facilitator living in Windsor, Ontario, has been selected to receive the first annual Conundrum Press Mini-Comic Bursary for Black and Indigenous Creators.

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This $1000 bursary for developing and emerging creators was established in solidarity with anti-racist protestors fighting for crucial change against systemic racism. The bursary will support the creation of a mini-comic by providing funding that Bujold-Abu can invest in printing costs, living expenses, or anything else she feels will best support her artistic practice. In addition to the bursary, she will also have access to editorial and distribution support.

“Space for diverse and inclusionary storytelling is necessary; critical dialogues and compassionate sharing are at the forefront of both activism and honoring the lived-experiences of marginalized communities,” says Bujold-Abu. “In this moment, alongside this opportunity…it is equally exciting and complex.”

In response to a question about what she hopes to accomplish artistically this year, Bujold-Abu replied, “I applied to the Conundrum Press Mini-Comic Bursary for Black and Indigenous Creators searching for

the space to intimately grow and participate in my arts practice – much of the work I hope to accomplish (now, and moving forward) is explorative, let’s see what happens!”

Conundrum Press publisher Andy Brown is enthusiastic as well. “We were so excited to have a creative talent like Talysha apply for this bursary,” says Brown. “She has a background in the fine arts world but hopes to expand into the comics field. We look forward to working with her in developing her first graphic novel.”

About Talysha Bujold-Abu

Talysha Bujold-Abu (she/her) is an artist-illustrator, researcher, and arts facilitator – she holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Windsor (2018) and is recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award – Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity (2018) Residencies include: New Zealand Pacific Studio (2016), ArtsPond (2020-2021) and the Pelee Quarry – Stone & Sky Artists Residency (2020).

Bujold-Abu has spoken and exhibited at the Intersections | Cross Sections Conference in Toronto, ON (2018) on the conceptual hybridity of black bodies, and participated in the Structures of Anticipation Research Symposium and Exhibition in Windsor, ON (2019).

Recent panels include: Reclaiming Hidden Histories: Researching, Writing, and Re-Imagining Community Narratives in Windsor, ON (2019) the International Women’s Day: Artists Panel Discussion in Windsor, ON (2020) and the Black Creators Series/Discussion with the Art Gallery or Windsor (2020).

Selected exhibitions include: Art is a Living Thing in Masterton NZ (2017), The Truth Has Legs in Leamington ON (2019), and The Body Electric – Diversity in Residency Education: Training in a World of Differences, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) Ottawa ON (2019).

In practice, Bujold-Abu explores the liminal space of mixed heritage identity, addressing shifting interpretations of perceived difference – blackness as both a label and state of being. Through this work, she interrogates both implicit and explicit racism, acting as participant and witness to shifting interpretations of racial hierarchies.

Talysha Bujold-Abu is a second generation Canadian, of Ghanaian and French Canadian heritage.

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