Warda Mohamed Youssouf

Warda Youssouf is a poet, puppeteer, producer (events & film) and a visual artist living in Toronto. Born in Djibouti and raised in the UK. She was the recipient of the David Maltby Award in 2019 for her exhibition Roots, and of a Toronto Refugee Mentorship Grant, to help develop her first feature film, People from Nowhere in (2019). Her practice is engaged with themes of home, identity and displacement. Warda engages her local and artistic community through production and curation of story-telling shows and art therapy events at venues across Toronto. In under 2 years in the film industry, she has produced 4 shorts Where are you from ? (2021), Confessions(2020), Emancipation of Egbert(2019) Menagerie (2019) and 2 children’s plays. Nowadays, you can find her working on her radio documentary “The Power of Names” and building her non-profit organization @thehouse.of.arts.