Marissa Largo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, University of Toronto. She holds degrees in Visual Arts and Education from York University and has a Master's degree in Art Education from Concordia University. Marissa's doctoral project, Unsettling Imaginaries: The Decolonial Diasporic Aesthetic of Four Contemporary Filipino/a Canadian Artists aims to explore the ways in which the work of Filipino/a Canadian visual artists act as assertions of marginalized subjectivities in Canada. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
As a Toronto-based artist, curator, and educator, her works have been presented in several group and solo exhibitions in Canada, such as the Royal Ontario Museum (2015), Nuit Blanche (2011 and 2012), Maleta Stories (2013 and 2011), Public Realm (2010), Memory and Place (2009), and From the Pearl of the Orient to Uptown (2007). She also works with many progressive arts and cultural organizations that connect social activist art practices with community engagement.
Marissa resides in Toronto with her partner, Sean and their two children, Carlo, 3, and their 1 year-old, Lorena.