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Samay Arcentales Cajas is a (Kichwa) digital media artist and filmmaker based in Toronto. In her creative practice she explores human connection and relationship to land, the meaning of urban indigeneity, and how to meld together indigenous cosmology with technology.

Through multimedia work and performance she tangles and untangles her mixed ancestry by including the voices of her family and community. Her creative journey in the digital realm began with the creation of “Mi Familia Annex Audio Tour”, a tour that sketches her family history in the highly gentrified Annex neighbourhood. Her first short stop motion film “Rimanakuna”, was premiered at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, in 2014. In 2016, she performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival in the production “We Are XX”.

Her works have also been shown at aluCINE Latin Film + Media Arts Festival, and Mayworks Festival of Working People, among others. Her last short film “In Moment” was commissioned by imagineNATIVE and premiered at their 2017 film festival.

Samay has also facilitated film programs at Sketch Working Arts, including Fluidity on Film, a film program for LGBTQ2S youth. She held her first solo show “Will You Listen?: Latinx Voices in Tkaronto”, a projection based media installation at the Whippersnapper Gallery in 2017. Samay has worked as production designer, and editor for artists and filmmakers across the country, including the experimental film Dreams Untold, written and directed by Jamie Whitecrow, the futurist documentary The Ceremony, directed by Taina Da Silva and Rebecca Redden, and short film Paladin, directed by Lu Asfaha.

She currently works collaboratively, using projection mapping as a way to beautifully enhance collective decolonial messages.