A triptych photograph. In the middle panel a Black perosn is shown with their eyes wearing jeans and holding a small goat. The background and adjacent two panels show a rolling green hill landscape and blue sky.

nichola feldman-kiss: Scapegoat

nichola feldman-kiss is an artist researching corporeality, identity, and autobiography. Their process-rich practice is a relational exploration of body and embodiment, witness and traumatic memory, statelessness and belonging, empathy and collectivity. feldman-kiss’ hybrid media installations – pristine as laboratory craft – critique the colonial paradigm (the violent ingestion of land, resources, peoples and cultures), and ask us to reconsider difficult questions about what it means to be conscious social bodies in the contemporary moment. The exhibition, which includes photography, audio, video, digital and performance interventions, lays bare the entanglements of the globalized order that insist rights onto some, while withholding the same entitlements from others. Scapegoat is a provocation and an elegy, attending to generational traumas through dignity and defiance.

nichola feldman-kiss is a first-generation Canadian artist of the Caribbean, African, European and Jewish diaspora. The artist’s art and technology innovations and institutional interventions have been hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Hospital Eye Institute, the Department of National Defense, and the United Nations, among others and have been presented nationally and internationally. feldman-kiss holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and currently lives and works in Toronto.

Scapegoat is presented as part of an exhibition series featuring nichola feldman-kiss’ work through 2022, including Siren III at Koffler Gallery, alongside a forthcoming publication in collaboration with Koffler Gallery (Toronto) and The Rooms (St. John’s).

Image: nichola feldman-kiss, [detail] An initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Scapegoat) Sydné. 18 Duratansparency chromogenic digital prints, plastics, backlight, electronics, sapele frames. 32” x 48” x 3.5”  2015 – 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.

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Curated by: Pamela Edmonds and Mona Filip

January 04, 2022 – March 19, 2022

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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


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Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
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The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2021-22 program is open from June 2021 until January 14, 2022. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • October 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 17, 2021, 1 p.m. ET

Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
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Digital images of work