Toronto’s original interdisciplinary arts festival is a critical forum for the independent media arts in Canada and around the world and provides artists with a supportive and professional forum in which to present their projects. Many influential media artists have been nurtured by Images’ willingness to embrace new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field. The Images Festival exhibits and encourages the work of artists producing film and video outside of mainstream commercial production, distribution systems and aesthetic conventions. In addition to the international competition programs drawn from submissions to the festival, Images includes artists’ retrospectives, national and regional spotlights, publishing projects, touring programs and special guest-curated programs. Est. 1987.
Artistic Director (2015-2017)
Leader of the programming team and principle organizer of simultaneous independent contemporary and retrospective moving image exhibitions, screenings, performances, panels, and year round talks. Worked with local, national, and international artists and curators in galleries, museums, and pop-up spaces across the Greater Toronto Area as well as organized national and international tours.
– Highlights include: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen’s Challenge for Change and Krista Belle Stewart’s Seraphine, Seraphine at Mercer Union (2015); Toronto premiere of Postcommodity’s A Non-Space at A Space (2015); International premiere of Juliana Huxtable’s There Are Certain Facts That Cannot be Disputed at Harbourfront Centre (2016); Sarah Anne Johnson’s Hospital Hallway at Arsenal and The Kitchen at Gallery 44 (2016); Canadian Artist Spotlights on: Iris Ng (2015), Emily vey Duke and Cooper Battersby (2016), and Deirdre Logue (2017); World premiere of Martine Syms’ Incense, Sweaters, and Ice (2017); International Spotlight on Isaac Julien in partnership with Royal Ontario Museum and OCADU (2017).