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Salima Punjani

Canada - Quebec

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Image 1: A portrait of Salima, a brown-skinned woman with curly dark hair, wearing all black with a red and gold necklace. She is underneath the Spatial Sound Studio in Budapest, Hungary framed by neon blue and white lights, fog, and wooden pillars. There are transducers underneath the pillars, an important consideration in developing the vibrational experience of The Cost of Entry is a Heartbeat, an invitation for collective rest using heartbeat data and thermal bath sounds developed in Budapest. Photo credit: Bence Mladin SSI Video/Photographer

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Salima Punjani is an Access Activator, M.S.W and Multisensory Artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is particularly interested in how biological data can be transformed to create artful experiences of empathy and connection. Her recent projects include The Cost of Entry is a Heartbeat, a collective rest experience using heartbeat data and sounds recorded in Budapest's thermal baths. Progression, a real-time immersive multi-sensory installation that explores the narratives of people living with multiple sclerosis fused with brainwaves and MRI scans. Konbit Anba Soley, an interactive documentary about a social movement in Cité Soleil, Haiti as well as Moms of Montreal, a multicultural photographic storytelling project offering an intimate view into the recipes and stories of families in Montreal. She recently completed a Master's in Social Work from McGill University in Montreal specifically focusing on the intersection between arts and care work and is a trained Access Activator.

Areas of Interest:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Community Arts
  • Photography / Film
  • Installation / Sculpture
  • Sound Art
  • Digital Arts and Media
  • Podcasting / Storytelling
  • Video Production

Roles:

  • Practicing artist or maker
  • Trained professional service provider or consultant
  • Community member
  • Activist / ally
  • Mental Health Professional

Expertise:

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Consulting
  • Event Planning
  • Communications
  • Policy Development
  • Environmental or Organizational Audits
  • Facilitation
  • Active Listening
  • Personal Support
  • Advisory Support

Identifies with:

  • Disabled
  • d/Deaf
  • Mad
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Neurodiverse
  • Fat
  • Survivor
  • Indigenous
  • e/Elder
  • Black
  • POC
  • LGBTQ2SIA+
  • Queer
  • Feminist
  • Rural
  • Francophone