The Teaching and Learning Centre at Emily Carr University congratulates one of it’s ECUPS videographers and editors, Sebnem Ozpeta, for receiving the 2016 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist for Film and New Media.
Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver-based visual artist, video editor, and videographer.She studied graphic design in Turkey, where she was born and raised. She also completed the digital film program at The Art Institute of Vancouver. She has produced short films and video installations that have been screened and exhibited in festivals in Europe, Canada and Turkey.
For more than 10 years, she has collaborated with artists, performers, storytellers, dancers and filmmakers.More recently she has applied her video skills and her experience in storytelling by mentoring youth as part of the Digital Story Telling project (in collaboration with Lisa G. Nielsen). Sebnem curated Dinka Pignon’s retrospective exhibition You are Invited at VIVO Media Arts Centre and co-curated the Digital Carnival and Margaret Dragu’s M. DRAGU’s MUSEUM for the Your Kontinent Media Arts Festival.
Sebnem was nominated for the award by media artist and former Emily Carr alumni Lorna Boshman. The 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media goes to Lorna Boschman, a media artist who shares unique perspectives from within social justice struggles. Her selection for an emerging artist is Sebnem Ozpeta, a visual artist, video editor and videographer experienced in digital storytelling.
Lorna Boschman is a media artist who shares unique perspectives from within social justice struggles. From her earliest documentary Scars (1986), through collaborations with Vancouver artists in Kiss & Tell (1992-2002), the self-advocate community in this ability (2006) and From the Inside/OUT! (2000), and a digital storytelling mentorship supporting a lesbian living with metastatic cancer in just being (2015), Lorna’s experimental documentary filmmaking reveals hidden stories beneath visible layers. Talking Poles (2009-10) incorporates community-based personal narratives into an interactive public art installation in South Surrey.
In recent years, curated programs of Lorna’s work have appeared as exhibitions (Milan 2014) and theatrical programs (Brussels 2014). At the 2011 Panorama of Quebec and Canadian Video, 29 Festival International Du Film Sur L’Art, in Montréal, Lorna was a featured media artist. Lorna holds a PhD (2012, SFU) and MA (2007, SFU) in Interactive Arts and Technology and BFA (2005, ECADU) in Film/Video.
Find out more about the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media.