Maari Sugawara (She/Her)
Japanese studies, Decolonial studies, Speculative fiction, Deconstruction, Autobiography, Narrative, Image and text, Videography, Photography, Digital media.

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design, OCAD University.


Maari Sugawara is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto and Tokyo. She is currently a Dean’s scholarship student at The Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) at OCAD University. She engages with the intersection of Japanese studies, speculative fiction, decolonial studies, and digital media. Growing up as a racialized woman in England from the age of ten, issues of gender and racialized identity has been central to her research. In her digital photography, videography, and digital medium based art projects, she illustrates how the categories of not only Japanese but human are categorically interpellated and performatively constituted through discourse, and encourages a departure from traditional categories of difference. As an emerging artist, her works have been showcased in several publications and exhibitions.