Join Canadian artist-photographer Stan Douglas for a thought-provoking lecture. Internationally acclaimed, Douglas’s engaging work explores social histories played out through a complex, cinematic televisual language.
About Stan Douglas
Stan Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver, where he continues to live and work.
His interest in the social implementation of western ideas of progress, particularly utopian philosophies, is located in their often divisive political and economic effects. His interrogation of the structural possibilities of film and video, in concert with intricately developed narratives, has resulted in a number of groundbreaking contemporary art works.
In 2013, a major survey of his recent work, Stan Douglas: Photographs 2008–2013, was presented at Carré d’Art — Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes, France. It traveled as Stan Douglas: Mise en scène through 2015 to Haus der Kunst, Munich, followed by Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
In 2014, Douglas created Helen Lawrence, a multimedia theatre work that merges theatre, visual art, live-action filming, and computer-generated imagery. Since its inaugural presentation at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver in March 2014, Helen Lawrence has been hosted by the Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich; Edinburgh International Festival; Canadian Stage, Toronto; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; and deSingel, Antwerp.
Most recently, Douglas received the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He is a recipient of other notable awards, including the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (2013) and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York (2012).
Over the past decade, Douglas’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, including the The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); Centre culturel canadien, Paris (2013); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (2012); The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2007); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005); kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2004); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002).
Presented by the President's Speaker Series.
Artist's statement used with permission by Reid Shier.
From: Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Contemporary Art Gallery, Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings, 2002
Photo by Michael Courtney