Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media

Lorna Boschman (left) and Sebnem Ozpeta (right), Mayor's Arts Award for Film and New Media honoree and emerging artist, respectively

2016 recipients

Lorna Boschman


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.

Sebnem Ozpeta

Emerging artist

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.

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