biography

Anthea Black (b. 1981) is a Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker based in Toronto. Her studio work takes the form of printmaking, drawing, publications, textiles, and performance to address feminist and queer history, collaboration, materiality, and labour. Black has exhibited in Canada, the US, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Norway, and has circulated collaborative print editions in cities across North America through the artist-curatorial project, Looking for love in all the wrong places.

Her texts on contemporary art, craft, and performance appear in numerous publications, including FUSE Magazine where she was a contributing editor from 2008-2014. Her collaborative writing with Nicole Burisch is included in The Craft Reader (Bloomsbury, ed. Glenn Adamson) and Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, ed. Maria Elena Buszek). Together they are the co-editors of a forthcoming book, Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (I.B. Tauris, 2017).

Black’s curatorial projects include SINCERITY OVERDRIVE (2005), SUPERSTRING (2006),  the ongoing research platform and touring exhibition No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen (initiated in 2011), and PLEASURE CRAFT (2014) which have focused on embodied perspectives and politics in relational practice, contemporary textiles, queer film and video, and film craft respectively. Black is dedicated to artist-run models for culture and has presented the work of over 150 artists in her roles as Director of Stride Gallery, Board President of M:ST Performative Art Festival, Assistant Curator at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD all in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Exhibitions Manager at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada. She is a current board member for IMAGES Festival, Toronto.

She has been awarded research and creation grants from Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design.

In 2012, she was the Viola Frey Visiting Artist-Scholar in Craft and Design at the California College of Art. As a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design (BFA, Drawing, 2003) Black was named the ACAD Board of Governors Alumni of Excellence in 2015. She currently teaches in the printmaking, publications, criticism and curatorial practice, and art and social change programs at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.

 

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