Harmeet is a fat, trans, Disabled, Sikh-panjabi multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Tkaronto. Harmeet primarily does illustration, graphic design, collage, painting and textile arts. They actively draw from their Punjabi heritage by playing with bold and refreshing design elements. They use a disability justice framework in their art, by creating visuals that sensorily activate feelings of slowness, desire and pleasure. Harmeet is currently a MA student in the Critical Disability Studies program at York University, where their research further explores the themes of their arts practice: ritual, prayer, intergenerational crip and mad quotidians, Panjabi iconography, the grief of survivorhood, working class aunty archives and fat temporality.
Harmeet has recently completed artist residencies at the Possibilities Podcast, ArtworksTO Program and YTB Gallery. Their art has been shown at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and sold at pop ups and markets at the Leslie Lohman Museum of art, AGO, Hard Feelings mental health shop, Stakt and the 519. Harmeet has additionally illustrated and designed for select clients: Mass Culture, Shameless magazine, LGBT Youth Line, Canadian Roots Exchange, Journalists for Human Rights Toronto Market Co, Playwrights Canada Press and CBC.
As a community arts facilitator and coordinator, Harmeet hosts workshops around accessible digital design, collaging/archiving and textile painting/treating. They are currently a community arts facilitator with Digizine and VibeArts. They are also a social media and accessibility consultant, select clients include Reel Asian Film Festival, Indivisible Writing and Possibilities Podcast.
Outside of their Arts Practice Harmeet is a community organiser focused on disability justice, mutual aid and harm reduction. Their community work grounds the intentions of their arts practice and in all their roles, Harmeet is interested in creating portals to an otherwise - where folks can show up as their fully embodied selves.