Ra’anaa Yaminah was born and raised on the traditional unceded lands of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Ojibwe/Chippewa peoples, in Brampton, Ontario. She received her Bachelors of Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture at Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture. Her thesis titled The Architectural Segregation of Chicago: Black Identity in the South Side, laid the foundations for her passion for the intersection of art and activism, coined artivism. She further explores this with ardour in her capacity as Chair of Black Lives Matter Sudbury and Installation Coordinator for Up Here: Urban Arts Festival.
Ra’anaa has participated in and curated numerous artivist initiatives and has contributed her talents to the development of many Afrocentric artistic installations. She has taken on many leadership roles, as an artist, activist and academic creating space for people of colour and continually promoting anti-racist practices and social justice. A cultural curator and visual activist, Ra’anaa is currently pursuing her PhD research on the emergence of Black arts and activism in N’Swakamok, at Concordia University in Tio’tia:ke, on the unceded Kanien'kehá:ka traditional territory.
Working Thesis Title: With(out) the Institution: The Emergence of Black Queer Art and Activism in N’Swakamok
Supervisors: Dr. Alice Jim
- Art & Activism
- Black Queer Feminism
- Critical Race Theory
Winter 2023 - ARCH-2036EL: Art & Architecture in Canada, McEwen School of Architecture, Sudbury, ON
Fall 2022 - ARTH 379: Postcolonial Theory in Art History, Dr. Reilly Bishop-Stall
Fall 2021-Spring 2022 - Dr. Alice Jim, Afrofuturism & Black Lives Matter Project (ABLM)
- As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic: Selections from the Wedge Collection. Teju Cole, writer of preface; Mark Sealy, writer of introduction; Liz Ikiriko, interviewer; Isolde Brielmaier and Kenneth Montague, interviewees; Polygon Gallery (Vancouver, Canada); University of Toronto. Art Museum. New York: Aperture, 2021. 184 pp., 142 b/w, and colour illus. Hardback $65.00/ ISBN: 9781597115100.
- Five-page book review for RACAR, in press