Artist Bios

Paul Wong

Paul Wong

As a self-invented video pioneer and one of Canada’s most renowned multimedia artists, Paul Wong is an award-winning artist, curator, and organizer of events and public interventions since the mid-1970s. Known particularly for his tough engagement with issues of race, sex and death, Wong’s work is varied and eclectic, ranging from conceptual performances to complex narratives, meshing video, photography, installation and performance with rare Chinese-Canadian meets cutting edge counter culture perspectives.

Described as a Chinese-Canadian Warhol, Wong’s work is in your face, radical, eccentric, sexy, campy, shocking, experimental and spontaneous. He is a media subversive, a video renegade relying on artistic entrepreneurial smarts and is a raw originality with an eye for social context, driven by an insatiable search for identity, community and authenticity. Wong is constantly redefining his role as an artist and cultural strategist staying ten projects ahead of even himself and always unpredictable.

“When Paul Wong walks into a room, he can make anything happen. With an infectious attitude and charisma, he is the self-invented star of his own universe.”
- Heather Keung, Reel Asian

Wong has produced projects and shown his work throughout Canada, as well as in China and Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, the UK and in the United States amongst elsewhere. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Winner of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art in 1992, Wong was also the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002. In 2003 he was the inaugural winner of the Trailblazer Expressions Award, created by Heritage Canada, the National Film Board and CHUM Limited. Heralded as a “national treasure”, Wong was the 2005 recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and was the Canadian Spotlight Artist and also awarded Best Canadian Film or Video at the 2008 Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Paul Wong is the founding director of several artists groups including the Video In/VIVO (Satellite Video Exchange Society 1973) and On Main (On The Cutting Edge Production Society).

Rebecca Belmore

Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore is an internationally recognized artist currently living in Vancouver, BC. Since 1987, her multidisciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. Belmore was Canada’s official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale, and the 2009 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Artist.

Dana Claxton

Dana Claxton is an interdisciplinary artist creating works in film, video, photography, installation and performance. She is also active as a curator, television producer and director and educator. She is well respected for her outspoken and leading views on contemporary aboriginal art and life. She is the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, and her work will be exhibited at the 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010.

Richard Fung

Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic. His work has been widely screened and collected internationally and broadcasted in Canada and the United States. His essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Fung has received the Bell Canada Award for Video Art and the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art among other honours. He teaches at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Brian Kent Gotro

Video is a core component in Vancouver-based Gotro’s interdisciplinary practice. His work activates qualities of the ephemeral, comedic, social and political. He has shown his work to audiences in Hong Kong, Russia, Norway, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and in his hometown of Kelowna, BC. His video works are distributed by Vtape.

John Greyson

John Greyson is a video artist, filmmaker and writer whose shorts, features and installations have been internationally screened and critically recognized. He was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video in 2000, and the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007. Greyson teaches in the Department of Film at York University in Toronto.

Tim Hill

Tim Hill is a Vancouver-based artist whose audio-visual sculptures have crossed oceans and borders, thereby playing part in connecting the ends of the world wide electronic maze. He has worked as a visualist for industrial icons Skinny Puppy and at countless electronic festivals, weekly club nights, and one-off events. He operates the special event staging company Rim Visuals.

Brian Howell

Brian Howell is an award-winning editorial photographer and artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He holds a BFA from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Film and Photograph. Howell is a regular contributor to Geist, Maclean’s, and Vancouver magazine, and has published a number of books, including Fame Us, which documents celebrity impersonators.

Ali Kazimi

Ali Kazimi is one of Canada’s leading documentary filmmakers and winner of the Donald Brittain Gemini Award for Best Social/Political documentary for Runaway Grooms in 2005. His widely screened films have received two Genie Award nominations as well as numerous national and international honours and awards. He teaches film and video at York University in Toronto.

Joey Shithead Keithley

Frontman to the legendary Vancouver band D.O.A. since its formation in 1978, Keithley is hailed as Canada’s Godfather of punk. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, author, and political activist, he operates Sudden Death Records.

Heather Keung

Heather Keung has a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design. Her recent video, installation and performance art practice is inspired by physical labour, involuntary actions, and the training of the mind and body. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Keung is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Karin Lee

Karin Lee is a Canadian Academy Award (Gemini) winning filmmaker and media artist who has been making film and video works for the last 20 years. Lee’s films and videos, both fiction and documentaries, are about the effects of global displacement and the Chinese diaspora in North America. Ms. Lee was born, raised and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Christian Nicolay

Christian Nicolay’s interdisciplinary art practice combines performance, mixed media drawing, sound recording, installation and video, exploring the relationships between order and chaos, and the unity of opposites. He summarizes his art and life by “paying attention to systematic confusion”. Nicolay is represented by the Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, BC.

Tony Pantages

Vancouver filmmaker Tony Pantages is an award-winning commercial and music video director. As Morpheus, he creates incredible live visual mixes with the world's best DJs and musicians. Pantages is currently working on Absolution, his first feature film.

Skeena Reece

Skeena Reece is a Tsimshian Cree working artist and administrator based on the Westcoast of British Columbia. Her multidisciplinary practice includes performance art, spoken word, humor, sacred clowning, writing, singing, songwriting, and video art. She will be performing at the 2010 Sydney Biennale.

Marcus Rogers

Marcus Rogers has produced and created broadcast documentaries, music videos, concerts and feature films in Vancouver with his Cinestir team for over 20 years. He brings extensive technical skills in advanced digital image acquisition, display systems and a creative approach to post-production.

Paddy Ryan

Paddy Ryan studied classical, jazz, electro acoustic, computer music, composition, and orchestration. He works internationally as a performer, a recording and live sound engineer and composer. Recent credits include arrangements and performances on the last two Rodney Graham records, Todd Fancey's (New Pornographers) Schmancey, Witches Night, Vancouver Nights (Sara Lapsley, The Gay). Working with Paul Wong since 1988, credits include Set Fires, Hungry Ghosts and Sally. Ryan has just released his first solo album Chain Link Fence.