Zoë Heyn-Jones is a researcher-artist and cultural worker who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario (Canada) and on Tz’utujil/Kaqchikel Maya land in Guatemala. Her participatory and lens-based research projects have been shown locally and internationally in galleries, cinemas, alternative and public spaces.
Zoë is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas. She holds a PhD in Visual Arts from York University and a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University) where she researched the performance of human rights and solidarity activism in Guatemala. Zoë held the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Fellowship (CERLAC) and was the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). She studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.
Zoë is a co-founder of the F4A (Film for Artists) collective and F4A’s Site + Cycle residency project that combines analogue filmmaking instruction with teachings about site specificity and organic film processing. She currently lives and works in Mexico City and Toronto.