Stéphanie McKnight (Stéfy) is a queer femme, white settler artist-scholar artist Katarokwi/Kingston Ontario. Her creative practice and research focus is policy, activism, governance and surveillance trends in Canada and North America. Within her research, she explores creative research as methodology, and the ways that events and objects produce knowledge and activate their audience. Stéfy’s creative work takes several forms, such as installation, performance, site-specific, online and technological curatorial projects, new media and experimental photography. Recent exhibitions include “Park Life” at MalloryTown Landing and Thousand Islands for LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017, “Traces” at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, “ORGANIC SURVEILLANCE: Security & Myth in the Rural” at the Centre for Indigenous Research-Creation and “Hawk Eye View” at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. She has exhibited solo or group work at Modern Fuel Artist Run-Centre, the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, OCAD University, the WKP Kennedy Gallery and White Water Gallery. In 2015, her work Coded, I Am was shortlisted for the Queen’s University Research Photo Contest and Queen’s University 175 Photo Contest. Stéfy’s work has been featured in the January 2017 edition of LandEscape Art Review online contemporary art magazine in Europe.
Stéfy can also be considered an emerging-independent curator. She has curated several exhibitions such as This is Television by Judy Radul, The colour of food by Craig Berggold and Brain Drawing by Lorinda Peterson. In 2016, she co-founded Pot-pourri: a collegiate exhibition, an independent student-run for student gallery space on Queen’s University campus. Stéfy’s community work includes being a member of the Cultural Studies Steering, and Research-Creation Committee; and past President of the Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Board of Directors.
Stéfy is an Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Media Production and Design at Carleton University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nipissing University (North Bay, ON) and a Master’s of Cultural Studies from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON). She is currently a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.