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 Diaspora Aesthetics of Four Contemporary Filipinx Visual Artists in Canada examines the work and oral histories of artists who imagine Filipinx subjectivity in excess to the racist and colonial discourses that persist. 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 an artist and curator, her projects have been presented in venues and events across Canada, such as the A Space Gallery (2017 & 2012), Open Gallery of OCAD University (2015), Royal Ontario Museum (2015), WorldPride Toronto (2014), The Robert Langen Art Gallery (2013), Nuit Blanche (2012 and 2009), Mayworks! (2012), Propellor Gallery (2010), and MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) (2007). She also collaborates with organizations that connect social activist art practices with community engagement.
Largo is co-editor of Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and a guest co-editor of the forthcoming Beyond Canada 150: Asian Canadian Visual Cultures, a special issue of the Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill Press).