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. candidate (ABD) 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 is currently working on a research-creation project looking at radical antifascist histories of 1990s Toronto. Sylvia is a research assistant at the Vulnerable Media Lab, which is a partner within the Archive/Counter-Archive community.

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. Sylvia is also a Board Member of Pleasure Dome, an artist-run presentation organization and publisher dedicated to experimental media and an active member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). Sylvia volunteers as an Operations Manager for the Toronto Zine Library, and is also an active zinester, part of the Pickle Juice collective, and independently. You can also find her renting and selling videos as a store clerk at Bay Street Video



2021