Felix Kalmenson (b. 1987, St Petersburg, Russia) is a 'rootless cosmopolitan' whose practice navigates installation, video and performance. Kalmenson’s work variably narrates the liminal space of a researcher’s and artist’s encounter with landscape and archive. By bearing witness to everyday life, and hardening the more fragile vestiges of private and collective histories through their work, Kalmenson gives themselves away to the cadence of a poem, always in flux.

(Bio by Maya Tounta)

One half of Pejvak with longtime collaborator Rouzbeh Akhbari

Former member of ADL with Rouzbeh Akhbari and Ash Moniz


-Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Toronto, 2011


-Mid-Career Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council, 2017

-Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2016

-International Residencies Program, Canada Council for the Arts, 2016

-Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Ontario Arts Council, 2015

-Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2015/2017

-Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2014/2015

-National and International Residency Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2013

-Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2013


-Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2018

-Grey Projects, Singapore, 2017

-Jupiter Woods, London, UK, 2017

-ACSL, Yerevan, Armenia, 2017

-National Centre for Contemporary Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016

-Rupert Residency Program, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016

-Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan, 2014

-Centro Negra, Blanca, Spain, 2014

-Boxes, Zones and Quarters, Casablanca/Marrakesh, Morocco 2014

-ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin, Germany 2013

Talks and Panels:

-In Between Mean Time, Malaysia Design Archive, December 13, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

-Mapping Li-qui-di-ty, Goldsmiths University of London, July 22, 2017, London, UK

-Waterline, I: Project Space, August 22, 2016, Beijing

-Unsettling Colonial Modernity, University of Alberta, April 25, 2015, Edmonton

-Sunday Scene, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, March 15, 2015, Toronto

-Politics in Practice Artist Talk, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori City, Japan, 2014

-Boxes, Zones and Quarter Artist Talk, Casablanca American School, June 20, 2014, Casablanca

-New Discourses for a Tired Century: A Debate Series, Gladstone Hotel, Nov. 19, 2012, Toronto

Solo Exhibitions:


-From the body I spent, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia

-Make Breeze (with Rouzbeh Akhbari), Hay Art Cultural Center, Yerevan, Armenia


-Tides of Sand and Steel (With ADL), Si Shang Museum of Art, Beijing, China

-Kak Vsegda/As Always, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto, Canada

-A House of Skin, Artcite, Windsor, Canada


-The Hum (In collaboration with Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour and Ryan Ferko) As Part of Spaces R&D, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, USA


-A Year in Revenue, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto


-HLS-F71, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada

-I Came Here to Find Myself, Priscilla Queen of the Medina, Marrakech

-Centre for the Interpretation of Water and Light, Centro Negra, Blanca, Spain


-Three Monuments, ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

-Hot Air (Instant Nationalism), Critical Mass Centre for Contemporary Art, Port Hope


-Sum of the Parts, 221A, Vancouver, May 16, 2018

-Cold Cuts Video Festival, SOVA Gallery, Dawson City, Canada, March 30-April 1, 2018

-Shorts 2: Rare Minerals, AND Festival, Peak District, UK, September 22, 2017

-Images Festival, Toronto, Canada, April 23, 2017

-Governing the Effects of Retrograde Part 1, Things That Can Happen, Hong Kong

-Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, November 17 & 20, 2016

-On The Currents Of Distant Worlds, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany, July 12, 2016

-Ozo Kino Sale Presented with Rupert Vilnius, Lithuania, June 3, 2016

-Connectivity Through Cinema Presented by Mono No Aware and Pleasure Dome, Center for Performance

Research, NYC, USA, March 27, 2016

-Felt Book Screening, Institute for New Feelings, EMMEDIA , Calgary, Canada, February 11, 2016

-False Histories, Buntport Theatre, Denver, USA, January 15, 2017

-New Toronto Works, Pleasuredome, Toronto, September 26, 2015

-Hello Darkness: New Toronto Works, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, October 18, 2014

-Video Night, Le Cube, Rabat, July 1, 2014

Selected Group Exhibitions:


-The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea Presented by Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada

-contact landing(s), Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Canada

-The Future is Certain, it is the Past That is Unpredictable, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, USA


-The Future is Certain; It's the Past Which is Unpredictable, Calvert 22, London, UK

-CITIZENSFIVE, Art Athina, Athens, Greece

-of movement and dwelling, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada

-Portals... or Location Scouting in Kaunas, Presented by Spike Art Quarterly, Web-Based


-Land Also Moves (With ADL), Contemporary Art Museums of Beijing North 6th Ring Road (Part of Independent Art Spaces), Beijing, China

-Von Den Strömen Der Stadt – On The Currents Of The City, Museum Abteiberg, Germany

-No Confidence, Success, Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, Australia


-A Line is Not a Line, Part of First Thursday, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

-Swimminal Poolitics, DIS Magazine, Web-Based

-Stories Told, O’Born Contemporary, Toronto

-Felt Book, Institute for New Feelings, Web-Based

-Anatomy of a Square, Art Now, Toronto

-Under New Management, The New Gallery

-Sunday Drive Art Projects, Warkworth, Canada


-Material and Mechanism, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori City, Japan

-Watch Your Stops, Minsheng Art Museum and Bazaar Compatible, Shanghai, China

-Boxes, Zones and Quarters, La Fabrique Culturelle des Anciens Abattoirs, Casablanca

-A Wicked Problem, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York

-AADK, Centro Párraga, Murcia

-Some New Fires, Art Metropole, Toronto

-Pics or It Didn’t Happen, Pari Nademi Gallery, Toronto


-Limited Access 4, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran

-Sticky Substance, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

-Ecstatic Matrices, Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA

-Under New Management, ODD Gallery, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City

-The Archivists, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto

-Doored 7, Double Double Land, Toronto

-Kitchen Party, 142 Rusholme Rd, Toronto

-Groaners, Videofag, Toronto


-Mortal Coils, Shudder Gallery, Vancouver

-Now Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

-Videodrome, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

-Obscured Transmissions, Nuit Blanche, National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque, Toronto


-An ancient windcatcher becomes a hypnotic device in this new installation, CBC Arts, October 30, 2018

-Taking back the suburbs, CBC Arts, October 24, 2018

-Art Daybook: ‘Atlas’ holds up time, Houston Chronicle, June, 6 2018

-Pašportrets sacaurumotas ainavas interjerā, Arterritory, March 13, 2018

-"Sometimes when I wake up, I don't remember where I am", Arterritory, March 13, 2018

-Artist Felix Kalmenson Proves Decay Can Be Gorgeous, Vice Magazine, March 7, 2018

-How One Toronto Artist is Critiquing Putin’s Reign, Canada Art, March 23, 2017

-10 Artists Who Disrupt the Status Quo, Canada Art, March 13, 2017

-Felix Kalmenson как всегда / As Always at Pari Nadimi, Artoronto.ca, February 2017

-In the galleries: Tau Lewis at 8-11 Gallery and Felix Kalmenson at Pari Nadimi, Toronto Star, February 9, 2017

-Romantic Pastoralism, Art Fag City, August 21, 2015

-Speaking Across Histories, Magenta Magazine, Spring 2015

-Felix Kalmenson at Pari Nadimi, Akimbo, March 3, 2015

-Felix Kalmenson: A Year in Revenue at Pari Nadimi, Artoronto.ca, February 2015

-Raising the Alarm, Fast Forward Weekly, January 16, 2014

-Identification Papers at Critical Mass, Akimbo, July 9, 2013

-Urban shrines: Statements in the cast-off and derelict, Toronto Star, July 18th 2011