Sylvia Nowak is an artist, activist, and scholar based out of Toronto. Working primarily in documentary-based media, her work digs into archives to explore radical histories of resistance. She is a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and holds a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Documentary Media (both from X University).

Her MFA thesis film, 206 Carlton, a short archival-based film exploring racism and resistance in the city of Toronto has screened at festivals and conferences.

She sits on the advisory collective for Alternative Toronto, a community archive and historical map of Toronto’s alternative cultures, scenes and spaces of the 1980s and early 1990s. As well, she is an active zinester and film enthusiast, volunteering at the Toronto Zine Library and working at Bay Street Video