The Happy Phantoms

The Happy Phantoms Collective (founded 2019): a creative team who probe difficult and provocative themes that haunt the human experience.

Founding Members: Natasha Torres-Garner + Ming Hon + Mia van Leeuwen + Tanja Woloshen

In the summer of 2020 – a summer of griefs & ghosts – the Happy Phantoms explored the theme of < death > by dialogue while they moved to the ancient principles of memento mori as a contemporary art praxis; playing in ritual, performance, photography and video art. Initiated by Mia van Leeuwen as an extension of her long-term research-creation project How to Raise a Ghost, this project was marked by each collective member and their personal relationship to death.

Joining forces with photographer Karen Asher, the book How to Raise a Ghost: A Performance in Pictures was created in the Exchange District (July, 2020 Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory, Canada).

*Funding support from The Manitoba Arts Council: Create Grant.

How to Raise a Ghost (2020)
The Tears of Things (2020)