Heidi Barkun is a transdisciplinary artist who explores constructions of identity through a practice in site-oriented installation, using voice, text, objects and place as means of resistance against normative definitions. The focus on infertility in her recent works follows four years of failed in vitro fertilization treatments. She holds a Master of Arts in Visual & Media Arts and Feminist Studies (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2020), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Concordia University, 1999) and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Cell Biology (McGill University, 1995). She is the 2020 laureate of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art (UQAM). Her works have been showed in Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and she has presented her research at many academic conferences (Paris, Vienna, New York, Aalborg, Montreal). Through her art, Barkun invites the public to rethink the relationship between science, social roles and procreation.
Working from a feminist perspective, with a specific interest in health issues - intimate, public, social and political - she creates works, often hybrid, which are developed through a multidisciplinary practice using installation, drawing, video and performance. The hybrid body, the multiple representations of the body - and that of the woman in particular - is a recurring theme in her research, inspired by the history of art, the history of medicine, science and also the news. Working in dialogue with places, collections, objects, artworks, communities and people, her work reveals improbable cohabitations by proposing the transformation, both poetic and political, of a shared space. Since 1995, she has participated in several residencies in Canada and Europe. Her work has been shown at exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Her videos are distributed by GIV [Groupe d’intervention vidéo].
Kimberley de Jong
Kimberley was born in Australia and grew up in British Columbia where she attended Arts Umbrella youth dance company. She established herself in Quebec for over 15 years dancing for Montreal choreographers Marie Chouinard where she also rehearsal directed, Frédérick Gravel, Dana Gingras, Alan Lake, Martin Messier, Caroline Laurin Beaucage, and Sylvain Emard. Kimberley de Jong is interested in the potential of the body; its capacity to hold and sustain presence and generate movement and sound from an instinctive and visceral place. She draws on themes such as climate change, human empathy and love as source material to create. Her collaboration with sound artist Jason Sharp led her to create Boxher, presented at Tangente Danse in March 2018, followed by experimental music festival Suoni Per Il Popolo, Montreal, Qc. They will premiere the long version of their work The Day the Wild Cried, created through residencies at CCOV and Le MAI, at an exhibition on heart intelligence at the Meinblau Art Space in Berlin in March 2020. Previous works include Unravelling (2016) and CYCLe2 (2014). Kimberley curates “5 on 5” a monthly improvisational evening between Montreal musicians and dancers at La Sala Rossa. She was chosen as a choreographer at this year’s Banff Creative Gesture- Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance 2019. Kimberley is also a birth and postpartum Doula.