Monika Gagnon

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University and co-director of CINEMAexpo67 with Janine Marchessault (York). She has published on cultural politics, the visual and media arts since the 1980s, including Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002) with Richard Fung, and is co-editor of Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 with Janine Marchessault (2014).

Her current research is on cultural memory, creative archiving, and experimental media arts, and has included curating as well as creative solutions to conventional archiving of experimental media. She is co-curating the group exhibition À la recherche d’expo 67/In Search of Expo 67 with Lesley Johnstone at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, from June 21–Oct 8 2017. She curated La Vie polaire/Polar Life at the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2014, a digital resimulation and restaging of Graeme Ferguson’s 11-screen Expo 67 film, which partnered the Cinémathèque and National Film Board of Canada with CINEMAExpo67. In 2015, she curated Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Immatérial for DHC Art at Centre Phi, including the reading event, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Immatérial Live!

In 2009 she undertook the DVD-catalogue and restoration, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), based on her late artist-father’s experimental 1960’s films, and the related interactive database Korsakow film Archiving R69 (2011) which chronicles working with R69 using original film, still images, and interviews. She attended the Independent Imaging Retreat  (“Film Farm”) in Mount Forest in 2010 and 2012 where she made Happy Birthday! (2010)