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ABOUT

Currently, I am an uninvited and grateful guest on the unceded territories of šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waaututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) nations that some refer to as Vancouver. The first generation of immigrants, I spent my childhood as a guest on Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, where I also attended York University for my BFA. I completed my MFA at the University of British Columbia where I currently teach.

CV
  • Select Solo Exhibitions

    2018 Intuition Commons White Water Gallery Curator: Anyse Ducharme, North Bay ON
    2018 Real Tears deluge Gallery Curator: Wil Aballe, Victoria BC
    2011 Falling Woman La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Curator: Roxanne Arsenault, Montreal QC
    2011 Falling Woman Eyelevel Gallery Curator: Michael McCormack, Halifax NS
    2009 Flare (Contact Photography Festival) Soho Gallery Curator: Phil McCrum, Toronto ON
    2008 Falling Woman Republic Gallery Vancouver BC 2007 Nudes Republic Gallery Vancouver BC
    2005 Panties, Polish, Candy WARC Gallery Toronto ON

  • Select Group Exhibitions + Events

    2020 good Wil Aballe Art Projects Curated by Wil Aballe, Vancouver BC
    2020 Leaning Out of Windows: Emergence Emily Carr University of Art and Design Curated by Randy Lee Cutler and Ingrid Koenig, Vancouver BC
    2018 Collective Acts Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Curated by Lorna Brown, Vancouver BC
    2018 (con)text Hatch Art Gallery Curated by Simranpreet Kaur Anand, Vancouver BC
    2017 Feminist Art Conference Exhibition OCAD University Toronto ON
    2014 The Incubator black & yellow Curated by Allison Mander-Wionzek, Vancouver BC
    2013 Haphazard (Part of Swarm 2013) Acme Studios Vancouver BC
    2013 Flares Not Sent Letters Curated by Jeremy Todd, Vancouver BC
    2011 Picturing Intuition AMS Gallery Vancouver BC
    2010 Alphabet City Festival Toronto Free Gallery Curated by John Knechtel, Toronto ON
    2010 Falling Woman Remix Instant Coffee Light Bar Vancouver BC
    2008 Infra-Ordinary Modern Fuel Gallery Curated by Michael Davidge, Kingston ON
    2008 Trust in Me Libby Leshgold Gallery Curated by Cate Rimmer, Vancouver BC
    2007 Food Dave Mirvish Toronto ON
    2006 Prologue Republic Gallery Vancouver BC
    2006 Diachronic Thames Art Gallery Chatham ON
    2004 Strange Agencies Helen Pitt GalleryCurated by Jeremy Todd, Vancouver BC
    2004 Proof 11 Gallery 44 Toronto ON
    2003 Belkin Invitational Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Vancouver BC

  • Publications + Media

    2020 Lorna Brown  "Collective Acts: Degrees of Attachment from Beginning with the Seventies" Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC
    2019 Rebecca Watson "Persistence and Permanence of Memory in the Digital Realm" White Water Gallery, North Bay ON
    2019 H. M. Parnell Legitimizing knowledge: Christine D’Onofrio traces the tacit links of creative output with rhizomatic archive ‘Intuition Commons’ AQNB.com, London UK
    2018 John Luna Real Tears Exhibition Review exhibit-v Victoria BC
    2018 Deniz Unsal Contemporary artist provokes to rethink feminism's potential Nexus Magazine Victoria BC
    2018 Christine Clark Real Tears: Christine D'Onofrio Preview Magazine
    2018 Must-Sees This Week: January 18 to 24, 2018Canadian Art
    2014 Allison Mander What the heck is The Incubator? Vancouver is Awesome, Vancouver BC
    2011 Allison Saunders Feast your eyes on the Falling Woman The Coast, Halifax NS
    2008 Riva Symko Nothing is Ordinary. Everything is Ordinary Infra-Ordinary, Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston ON
    2004 Marina Roy "make money to have candy” Strange Agencies, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC
    2004 Sara Angelucci Proof11 Gallery 44, Toronto, ON
    2003 Lara Tomaszewska Looking at Desire: Christine D’Onofrio’s Panties and Nail Polish Series Belkin Invitational, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

  • Curatorial + Writing

    2019 Curator ...we can know more than we can tell... AHVA Gallery, Vancouver BC
    2013 Curator The Idiot of Nature AHVA Gallery, Vancouver BC
    2011 Curator Marijke Nap: Life Works AHVA Gallery, Vancouver BC
    2010 Foreward To the Institution of my Faculties UBC, Vancouver BC
    2010 Curator Initials AHVA Gallery, Vancouver BC
    2009 Designer What Matter Catalogue AHVA Gallery, Vancouver BC

  • Academic Positions + Education

    2019-Present University of British Columbia Associate Professor of Teaching  Vancouver BC
    2014-2019 University of British Columbia Instructor Vancouver BC
    2008-14 University of British Columbia Lecturer Vancouver BC
    2007-08 Emily Carr University of Art and Design Sessional Lecturer Vancouver BC
    2007-08 University of British Columbia Sessional Lecturer Vancouver BC
    2006-07 University of Toledo Visiting Assistant Professor Toledo OH
    2005 University of Windsor Sessional Lecturer Windsor ON

    MFA Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, University of British Columbia Vancouver BC
    BFA Specialized Honours Department of Visual Arts, York University Toronto ON

  • Published Works + Broadcast

    2014 Food & Wine Magazine Kitchen Art
    2008 Behind the Lens No Bull Television Spot Broadcast on BRAVO!
    2007 Alphabet City Food Cover and Insert MIT Press
    2007 Vancouver Review Arts Centerfold
    2004 The Walrus Barbara Nichol Some Common Questions about Sex and Ageing October 2004

  • Select Artist Talks + Events

    2019 White Water Gallery Artist Talk, North Bay ON
    2018 Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery Intuition Commons Artist Talk, Vancouver, BC
    2018 Vancouver Independent Archives Week Recollective: Archival Intuitions and Annotations with Cindy Mochizuki, Elizabeth MacKenzie, and Laiwan in response to Christine D'Onofrio's project Intuition Commons and the Belkin Gallery Archives
    2017 New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre Fresh Talk: Children New Westminster BC
    2016 MOA Visual and Material Culture Research Seminar Series That’s not Funny Vancouver BC
    2016 Vancouver Art Gallery MASH UP Exhibition: Flash Talk Vancouver BC
    2014 The Incubator Feminist Dialogues: Panel Presentation Vancouver BC
    2014 University of the Arts Artist Talk Phildelphia PEN
    2014 Skidmore College Artist & Teaching Talk Saratoga Springs, NY
    2011 La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Artist Talk Montreal QC
    2011 Eyelevel Gallery Artist Talk Halifax NS
    2010 Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Conversations Series: Faces Vancouver BC
    2009 University of Lethbridge Art Now Artist Talk Lethbridge AB
    2009 Emily Carr on North Island College Artist Talk Comox Valley BC
    2008 University of the Fraser Valley Artist Talk Abbotsford BC
    2008 Vancouver Art Gallery Feminisms Panel Vancouver BC
    2008 University of British Columbia Artist Talk Vancouver BC
    2008 Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design Artist Talk Wellington, New Zealand
    2005 Women’s Artist Resource Center Panel Discussion Toronto ON
    2004 Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Talk Vancouver BC

  • Conferences

    2020 Lily Conference Artists in Society Conference Paper, Austin TX
    2018 University Arts Association Conference Artistic Research Revealed Panel Organizer, Guelph ON
    2018 Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society Students as Emerging Artists in Society (with Paulina Semenec) Conference Paper, Vancouver BC
    2017 7th World Arts Alliance for Education Conference, Engaging with Communities Conference Students as Emerging Artists in Society Presenter, Auckland NZ
    2017 Universities Art Association Conference Panel Educational Practices:  Art, Education and Research Mash-Up What’s the difference?  Activating reflective practices beyond the written Conference Paper, Banff AB
    2017 Universities Art Association Conference Creating Cultural connections:  Engaged Learning in Art Education Panel Organizer, Banff AB
    2016 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Connecting Classroom to Community: Engaged Learning Across Disciplines (with Kathryn Grafton) Conference Paper, Banff AB
    2016 Universities Art Association Conference From Skill-Building to Creative Research:  Flexible Learning in Foundation Digital Arts Studio Conference Paper,  Montreal QC

  • Grants + Awards

    2021 Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create, Research and Creation
    2018 Vancouver UX Awards UX for Good Finalist
    2018 Killam Teaching Prize Teaching Award, University of British Columbia
    2018 CreativeBC Interactive Grant
    2017 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
    2014 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
    2008 Canada Council for the Arts Research/Creation Grant
    2007 Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Emerging Grant
    2007 Canada Council for the Arts (Awarded but not funded) Research/Creation Grant in Visual Arts
    2005 Canada Council for the Arts Research/Creation Grant in Visual Arts

STATEMENT

Plays of power found in exploitation, humour, virtue, humiliation and desire drive my artistic inquiries through the trajectories and intersections of feminism(s). My work utilizes processes of artistic research, practice and history as well as the production, circulation and influence of visual artifacts and digital representations. Earlier in my practice I tested capitalist values in dialogue with art historical references -critiquing the promise of both. After years of referring to the female body via commodities and synthetic substitutes, I realized it was necessary to conquer its representation. As a result, later threads of my work exploitatively undermine and/or overtly defend in order to expose ways power works on a through a body and forms a subject. The complications of liberating female representation through canonical structures are used to the point that they might find new processes and potential. I materialize the contradiction of liberating contemporary manifestations -by enacting within them entirely.

My work angles on feminist strategies, but I am critical of the results. I struggle with the notion of liberty and its limitations within structures, whether; representational, conceptual, social, economic, political or even liberation itself. I am interested in the ambiguities of liberty. By revealing the forces of capitalist patriarchy, individualistic neoliberalism and colonial practices that ultimately direct and exploit potential fluid ‘grey zones’, I expose what further facilitates and perpetuates power. Historical examples and previous influences can help us to build and enact new ways of being, but they become subsumed by higher codes; how can one find liberty outside of them? As Barthes reminds us “a code cannot be destroyed…only played off” -if we are working within the system, does one even know what to do with the potential of liberty? How can new meaning be created, produced and organized or how can one erupt the production of meaning altogether -and still survive? If identity is truly able to not belong to something, if it could be free of titles, codes and limitations, it would need crisis to exist. In my work I ask for some concept of liberation to be realized, but liberation only exists when it does not know its end.