Mikiki is a performance & video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland. They attended NSCAD and Concordia before returning to St. John’s to work as Programming Coordinator at Eastern Edge Gallery. They later moved to Mohkinstsis/Calgary to work as Director of TRUCK Gallery. Their work has been presented throughout Canada and internationally in self-produced interventions, artist-run centres and public galleries.
Their identity as a queer artist & activist has necessitated a porous boundary between what is labelled art-making, or activism versus ‘being’ in the world. Mikiki has worked as a Sexuality Educator in Mohkinstsis/Calgary’s public schools, a Bathhouse Attendant in sâskwatôn/Saskatoon, Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess in St. John’s. Mikiki has worked in various capacities in the Gay Men’s Health, HIV & Harm Reduction responses in Kitche Zibi/Ottawa, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal and Tkaronto/Toronto. Mikiki is irregularly found hosting their Golden Girls screening and queer cultural studies lecture series Rose Beef.