Artist Biography

Stéphanie McKnight (STÉFY) is queer femme (for) white settler artist-scholar. Her creative practice and research focus are policy, activism, governance, and surveillance trends in Canada and North America. Within her research, she explores research-creation as a methodology, and the ways that events and objects produce knowledge and activate their audience. More specifically, she examines the pervasiveness of surveillance in Canada. Her research focuses on surveillance as a contemporary form of colonialism in Canada through a white settler lens. STÉFY’s creative work takes several forms, such as installation, performance, site-specific, online and technological curatorial projects, new media and experimental photography. STÉFY is a co-collaborator with Dr. Julia Chan on the research-creation project titled CAM HUNTERS (camhunters.org). Recent exhibitions include “…does it make a sound” at Gallery Stratford; “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. In 2018, her work Hunting for Prey received an honorable mention for the inaugural Surveillance and Society Art Fund Prize.

STÉFY is an Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Media Production and Design at Carleton University. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University. For more information and documentation please visit www.smmcknight.com and www.organicsurveillance.com .

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