Rachel Rozanski (Toronto)
Rachel Rozanski is a Canadian artist whose interdisciplinary works explore biological, geological and material transformations appearing as we enter the Anthropocene. She studied Visual Arts at Emily Carr, Capilano, and Langara Universities and is currently completing an MFA at Ryerson University in Documentary Media. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally, showing works that explore scientific concepts focusing on environmental timelines. Through ongoing projects in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Iceland, she has collaborated with researchers and been inspired by the study of land change, pollutants and adaptations and extinctions.
Rachel is returning to Dawson to continue her project, PERMA, a multimedia exhibit concerned with land change in Northern Canada, with a specific focus on the ways permafrost and water are being altered in the Anthropocene. It follows land transformation through the conceptual exploration of human imagination as an ecological force, investigating permafrost thaw revealing millions of years-worth of history, exposing prehistoric materials previously preserved in ground ice, and the altered spaces left behind. The Klondike area has some of the world’s oldest permafrost, which Rachel will be making drawings and video from over March.
Sharron Mirksy (Montréal)
Dawson City Film Festival Resident
Sharron Mirsky is an independent director and animator based out of Montreal. She prefers to work directly under the camera, getting her hands dirty with a variety of drawing and painting media. Her main love is animated-documentary, along with other experiments in storytelling.