Ursula Handleigh (she/her) is a Tkaronto Scarborough-born artist and educator of Filipinx mixed-ancestry working within expanded photography, moving image and alternative processes of image making. While challenging traditional methods of documentation, Handleigh's practice explores questions of identity and how the role of memory, ancestral knowledge and storytelling can be used to reconstruct archives and preserve histories.
Handleigh holds an MFA from NSCAD University and a BFA from OCAD University. In support of her research, Handleigh has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Canada Council for the Arts. She has participated in numerous residencies and exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Harbourfront Centre and Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21. Handleigh is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD University.
I am based in Tkaronto on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat. As an uninvited guest, I am thankful to be living, working and creating on this land.