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.
Gratitude to Vinesh and to Brian, Dashawn, Devente, Sydné, Joshua, Kais, Suragha, Kevon, Tarik, Waseem, Huntha, Ra, Ali, Shawn, Vidhu, Fady.
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Image: nichola feldman-kiss, [detail] An initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Scapegoat) Sydné. 18 Duratransparency chromogenic digital prints, plastics, backlight, electronics, sapele frames. 32” x 48” x 3.5” each, 2015 – 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.
The museum and the artist acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.
Curated by: Pamela Edmonds and Mona Filip
February 09, 2022 – March 18, 2022
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Ancient Greek and Roman coinage represents the intersection of politics, economics, and art; no other medium in the ancient world more closely reflects the decisions of administrations, the expectations of civic bodies, and detailed craftspersonship. Coins are among the most ubiquitous artifacts from Classical antiquity and despite their small size, are among the most instructive […]
This catalogue documents a multi-year art-science project called Immune Nations, produced on the occasion of its exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Initiated in 2014 and co-led by Steven Hoffman (York University), Sean Caulfield (University of Alberta), and Natalie Loveless (University of Alberta), Immune Nations brought together scientists, policy experts, […]
Peripheral Vision(s) includes scholarly essays by some of the most prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices within the fields of Indigenous art history and art criticism today.
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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.
10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.
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The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.
The 2023-24 Exhibition Assistance Program opens on June 7, 2023, and closes on January 16, 2024. Our deadlines for the programming year are:
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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