Victoria-based Artist in Residence
Kemi Craig is a film and dance artist living and working in the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories also known as Victoria, BC. Within her practice, she investigates gender and racialization through movement and film installations. She has created work for galleries across BC and was recently featured in a documentary Dance Like Everybody is Watching by director Simone Blais.
In 2017, she graduated from Emily Carr School of Art and Design with a Master of Fine Arts where she focused on embodiment, biopolitics, Afrofuturism, hauntology and film. During her studies, in addition to film installations, she initiated two public interventions projects using dance which were both in response to systemic violence experienced by people of African descent across Turtle Island and presences of Black bodies in public spaces.
Both her cultural identity and formal study of images, dance and choreography for the past sixteen years has informed her expression through learning how to play with performance, expectations and creating space for critical spectatorship and engagement by embedding audiences within art experiences.
As a part of her residency this year, Craig would like to bridge her media arts and movement practice through working with artists Allison Moore and Justin A. Chambers.