Danya Ensing is an emerging Canadian artist who moved to Detroit, Michigan, fleeing from Toronto’s inflating rental costs and hordes of humans. In Detroit she found her home – a city tough as nails and rough around the edges with a great big soul.
She traverses the Motor City by bicycle with camera in hand, daydreaming of building her own mobile tiny house and moving to Wyoming. Danya makes prints and books, takes photographs, and examines ontology through the act of creating. She lives with her Flemish Giant rabbit named Jim.
2015 BFA Photography | OCAD University, Toronto ON
AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
2016 Documenting Detroit Fellowship | Detroit MI
2015 International Arts Collaborations Program (INTAC) | Toronto ON
2014 Mobility/Exchange Program | CCS, Detroit MI
2012 Mentoring Program | Youth Photographer's Alliance, New York NY
2009 Selected Artist Pre-University Workshop | UWO, London ON
2017 Gateway: Ghost Boards of Detroit | Furrawn Press
2016 HIDDEN | 23kg50lb
2012 Hot Or Not, Sean Wise | Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute
2017 Trax Magazine France, "Detroit: 10 Places for a Perfect Stay..."
2016 Culture Source, "21 Distinct Photographers"
OCAD U, "Alumna Danya Ensing: Documenting Detroit"
Young Photographer's Alliance, "Where Are They Now"
Facing Change: Documenting America "Documenting Detroit"
2018 Letterpress Shop Manager | Signal-Return, Detroit MI
2017 Visual Co-ordinator | Hostel Detroit, Detroit MI
Project Manager & Promo Photographer | THAW, Detroit MI
2016 Letterpress Shop Assistant | Signal-Return, Detroit MI
Project Manager | Kelsey The Landlord LLC, Detroit MI
2015 Visual Assistant & Second Shooter | Ian Strange, Cleveland OH
2013 Photography Department Technician | OCAD U, Toronto ON
Assistant Photography Instructor | Lens Work, Toronto ON
2012 Studio Assistant | Krovblit Studios, Toronto ON
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Ground Beneath Our Feet | 4840 Mt Elliot, Detroit MI
2017 Facing Change: Documenting Detroit | Photoville, Brooklyn NY
Bent, But Unbroken | Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit MI
Masked | Holding House, Detroit MI
2016 You Are Here | The Carr Center, Detroit MI
Documenting Detroit | Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI
Wall of 100 Makers | Masonic Temple, Detroit MI
Venus Rising | Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI
2015 Chimera | Plantina Gallery, Stockholm Sweden
Revolution: INTAC | Osaka University of Arts, Osaka Japan
Vienna Photobook Fair | Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna Austria
Altered Landscapes | Open Gallery, Toronto ON
2014 Senior Student Exhibition | Taubman Center, Detroit MI
Spectrum: A Vision for Mental Health | Open Gallery, Toronto ON
2013 Transatlantic Connections | Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh UK
YPA's Hometown Exhibition | Calmut Photo, New York NY
Art of The Figure | The Great Hall, Toronto ON
2012 Signal and Colour | The Transit Space, Toronto ON
2009 Senior Student Exhibiton | The Art's Project, London ON
Carnival Strange | The ArtLab Gallery, London ON