Yannis Lobaina


About

Yannis Lobaina is an award-winning Cuban writer, filmmaker, and photographer. Yannis graduated from the International School of Film, Radio and Television and is a diplomate of the VII Literacy Training Course ‘Onelio Jorge Cardoso’. She has published over 25 short fiction stories and Flash Nonfiction pieces worldwide and has produced more than 40 short fiction and documentaries in Cuba. Yannis explores immigration, diaspora, and motherhood themes through different storytelling tools. Yannis received the Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant (2019) for her current picture book "Amélie The Crow Girl," the first manuscript of the bilingual Spanish- English series. Recent publications include her non-fiction short ‘Canadiana Boots’ in Tint Journal Magazine (2020) and the short story ‘Deeply Rooted’ with publisher Editorial Mapale. She is currently pursuing Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. Yannis’ new photographic serie called Alive, Upside Down, Is part of a group of experimental Digital poetry storytelling with mother nature as a protagonist. It's about the power of finding calmness in the Caos who surrounded us now globally. More https://enlareddeltiempo.com/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/yannis_lobaina/ https://linktr.ee/Yannislobaina https://www.viewbug.com/member/yannislobaina

Thoughts About Art and Community

I'm passionate about creating community spaces and activities where the family and children can use art and storytelling through different creative tools and using recycled materials such as bottle caps, cardboard, newspapers, etc. Since I arrived in Toronto, I have been active in community projects as an art facilitator. Also, I completed Creative Facilitation Training and Community Artist Training: Cultural Competence and Anti- Oppression with Partners for Youth empowerment and Muse Arts. I love to explore themes of immigration, diaspora and motherhood through different storytelling tools, including documentary, photography and short fiction stories. I received as a writer of children's literature the 2019 Toronto Arts Council Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant and Twice Awarded RBC Arts Access Award 2019 & 2018 By Toronto Arts Foundation and Neighbourhood Arts Network.

Activities

As an Artist Instructor Yannis Lobaina has more than twelve years of experience as a published author and creative visual storyteller. She completed Creative Facilitation Training with Partners for Youth empowerment and Muse Arts. Lobaina creates customized creative writing workshops for all ages – either virtual or in person. In her workshops, Lobaina promotes spontaneous writing using various enjoyable activities, including word games, story dice, photos, and character games, to generate story ideas. You can check this video about these creative storytelling games: HOW TO TELL A STORY WITH BLOCKS with Yannis Lobaina. Contact: boromufilmsproductions@gmail.com https://enlareddeltiempo.com/ https://www.instagram.com/enlareddeltiempo/ Yannis’ new photographic serie called Alive, Upside Down, Is part of a group of experimental Digital poetry storytelling with mother nature as a protagonist. It's about the power of finding calmness in the Caos who surrounded us now globally. https://www.flickr.com/photos/yannis_lobaina/