Emel Tabaku (b. 1999) is a Toronto-based Albanian Canadian interdisciplinary artist. Her works are deeply engaged with aspects of her Muslim Albanian heritage tying in history and layers of place to unfold memory through abstraction, collaging and layering of paint. Her material practice cannot be separated from the impressive depth of her research as she documents the struggles in shaping Balkan Muslim identities in North America.

Emel is currently completing her BFA Thesis, "'On Finding Home’: the Role of Reimagined Urban Spaces in One's Search for Identity and Belonging.” at OCAD University, majoring in Drawing and Painting and minoring in Art History. 

Outside of academia, Emel Tabaku founded RCAD Initiative: Redefining Communities through Art + Design to amplify the voices of underrepresented youth communities through creative art and design. She is passionate about building welcoming and resilient communities that are effectively addressing social issues at a grassroots level. 

Moreover, Emel was recently selected as an emerging community-engaged artist mentee at ICASC/Judith Marcuse Projects' FUTURES/forward program, ICN Youth Delegate to collaborate with international changemakers at UNITAR's Human Rights, Climate Change & Refugee e-workshop, and Youth Councillor at the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity to support boosting the infrastructure of the youth workforce development ecosystem.

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