About:

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia 1987

Felix Kalmenson is a Toronto-based artist with a practice in installation, video, photography, performance and sound art. His work is concerned with the mediation of histories and contemporary narratives by political, institutional and corporate bodies and how innovations in the field of communication serve to redefine publicness, sovereignty and power.

Member of ADL [Association for Decentering Landscapes] with Rouzbeh Akhbari and Ash Moniz

Education:

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

Grants/Awards:

-Trinity Square Video Award, Images Festival, 2017
-Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Ontario Arts Council, 2016
-International Residency Grant, Canada Arts Council, 2016
-Mid-Career Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council, 2016
-Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2016
-Media Arts Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2016
-Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2014, 2015, 2016
-National and International Residency Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2013
-Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2013
-Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council, 2012, 2014

Residencies:

-Grey Projects, Singapore, 2017 (upcoming)
-Jupiter Woods, London, UK, 2017
-ACSL, Yerevan, Armenia, 2017
-Spaces Gallery R&D Residency, Cleveland, USA, 2016
-National Centre for Contemporary Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016
-Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016
-Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan, 2014
-Centro Negra, Blanca, Spain, 2014
-Boxes, Zones and Quarters, Casablanca/Marrakesh, Morocco 2014
-The New Gallery John Snow House A.I.R., Calgary, 2014
-ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin, Germany 2013
-New Traditions Residency, Whippersnapper Gallery and Artscape Gibraltar, Toronto, Canada 2012

Talks and Panels:

-Waterline Talk Part of Independent Art Spaces, Institute for Provocation, August 8, 2016, Beijing
-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 Modes of Image-Making Panel Discussion, Presented by Laid Bare Curations and other Concerns, Beaver Hall Gallery, May 18, 2012, Toronto
-New Discourses for a Tired Century: A Debate Series, DoUC, Gladstone Hotel, Nov. 19, 2012, Toronto
-Take Me With You: The Art of the Lost and Found Panel Discussion, Whippersnapper Gallery, July 30 2011, Toronto

Solo Exhibitions:
2017:
-A House of Skin, Artcite, Windsor, Canada (Upcoming)
-Kak Vsegda/As Always, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto, Canada
-Tides of Sand and Steel (With ADL), Si Shang Museum of Art, Beijing, China

2016:
-The Hum (In collaboration with Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Onyeka Igwe, and Ryan Ferko) As Part of Spaces R&D, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, USA

2015:
-A Year in Revenue, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto

2014:
-HLS-F71, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
-I Came Here to Find Myself, Priscilla Queen of the Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
-Centre for the Interpretation of Water and Light, Centro Negra, Blanca, Spain

2013:

-Access/Disruption, ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin
-Three Monuments, ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin
-Hot Air (Instant Nationalism), Critical Mass Centre for Contemporary Art, Port Hope

2012:
-Intersection, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto
-Growths, Forgetus Collective, Toronto

Screenings:
-A Mountain That Opens Like a Door, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada, April 23 2017
-Governing the Effects of Retrograde Part 1, Things That Can Happen, Hong Kong, Wednesday, 19 April 2017
-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
-CÓDEC Festival de Vídeo y Creaciones Sonoras, Casa Talavera, Mexico DF, December 6, 2015
-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

Group Exhibitions:

2017:
-The Future is Certain, It's the Past That's Unpredictable, Calvert 22, London, UK
-Kronstadt Stories 2, State Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg, NCCA, Saint Petersburg, Russia
-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

2016:
-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, Mönchengladbach, Germany
-No Confidence, Success, Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, Australia

2015:
-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

2014:
-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
-Another Dark Day Passes, OCADU Gallery, Toronto

2013:
-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

2012:
-Mortal Coils, Shudder Gallery, Vancouver
-Now Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
-Art on Danforth, Forgetus Collective and Butcher Gallery, Toronto
-Overkilling the Undercurrent of, 444 Dufferin, Toronto
-ALL CAPS Island Festival, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto
-Against Life VI, Westwood Theatre, Toronto
-Stop Talking 7, The White House, Toronto
-Wavelength 549, Images 204, Images Festival, Toronto

2011:
-Videodrome, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
-Obscured Transmissions, Nuit Blanche, National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque, Toronto
-Ghost Hole III, The White House/VSVSVS/Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto
-Window/Wall, Myriad Shocks Music & Art Festival, Detroit
-Take Me With You, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto
-Your Next Life, The White House, Toronto

Curation/Facilitation:
2014:
-DDDD, 8 Eleven Projects, Toronto

2013:
-Groaners, Videofag, Toronto
-The Blind Leading the Blind, ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin
-Heated Debates, ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

2012:
-Faye Mullen: Silence, WWS Residency and Exhibition Space, Toronto
-Melissa Fischer: I tried to say Thanks but it came out Totally Ankles (auto-correct), WWS Residency and Exhibition Space, Toronto
-Vanessa Rieger, WWS Residency and Exhibition Space, Toronto
-Kaitlin Till-Landry, WWS Residency and Exhibition Space, Toronto

Reviews:

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

Publications:
-Vector Artists Journal, 2015, Toronto
-Hart House Review, 2013, Toronto
-Rivet, Issue 2, 2013, Toronto
-Weijia Quarterly, 2013, Toronto
-Beaubien Magazine Issue 2, Montreal
-Innis Herald, Toronto
-The Fat City Wildcat 2, Toronto
-MUSI Issue 1, MUSI, Toronto