June 16 – November 5, 2023

Joy In Resistance

Frizz Kid


Joy in resistance

Photo courtesy of the artist


These illustrations collectively demonstrate and define the essential hopefulness of my work. They are celebrations of diversity and of LGBTQ+ joy, where we envision a bright future; where people can flourish and dream wildly, and be wholly themselves without danger or hate. I have a love of 60’s and 70’s popular culture aesthetics, which spans from the golden age of Bollywood, to Studio 54 disco fever, appearing throughout my work to convey a warm nostalgia amidst the psychedelia. I believe in the beauty of reinvention and fluidity, and to make each piece feel transformative. My chaotic use of colour is meant to invoke powerful emotions that jolt people out of apathy and the exhaustion of doom-scrolling on their phones and to invite them to imagine their ideal future, one where they feel at home in their own skin and beloved by their communities. – Frizz Kid

About Frizz Kid

Based in Toronto, Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Her visual art and writing frequently explore themes of feminism, body politics, mental health, and more. Her first book, It Begins With The Body, was selected by CBC books as one of the best poetry books of 2018. Her second book, a compilation of essays and illustrations from her notable affirmation art series, entitled Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty was released in September 2020. People You Know, Places You’ve Been is her forthcoming book of poetry and illustrations, published by Bookhug Press, and will be out October 12th, 2023.


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