OCAD University
Richard Fung
Professor, Faculty of Art Emeritus
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Media Art, Art and Social Change


Richard Fung is an award-winning Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic. He joined the faculty of OCAD in 2003 and teaches in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change. Other teaching positions include Chancellor's Visiting Associate Professor at University of California- Irvine, Visiting Assistant Professor at State University of New York- Buffalo and Visiting Scholar at the Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. A former Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University, Richard has lectured across North America, and in Europe, Asia and Australia. Richard has been an active member of Canada's art community and served on the founding board of directors of the Images Festival, the first Racial Equality Committee of the Canada Council, the board of the Toronto Arts Council, and was an editor and contributing editor to FUSE Magazine. Before coming to OCADU he coordinated the Centre for Media and Culture in Education at OISE/UT.


M.Ed Ontario Institute for Studies in Education B.A. University of Toronto AOCA, Ontario College of Art

Selected Exhibitions

Retrospectives/Artist spotlight screenings: "Interrogating Beauty: Richard Fung's Pure Sea/Queer Dirt," Indiana University, Bloomington, 2016; "Streams of Desire: The Video Work of Richard Fung," New York University/CLAGS/Museum of Chinese in America, New York, 2015; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2014 Bryn Mawr College, 2014 Munk Institute, University of Toronto, 2013 Habitat Centre, New Dehi, 2009 Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2007 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, 2007 Films of Desire, Neemrana, India, 2007 Nigah Media Collective, New Delhi, 2007 Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam, 2005 Scratch Projections, Paris, 2005

Selected group exhibitions/screenings: Mémoires minoritaires, Lyon, France, 2018; Mix New York Festival, 2018; Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Port of Spain, 2018; "Knock," National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2017; "Toronto: Tributes and Tributaries,, 1971-1989," Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2016-2017; Home Movie Day, Fundacja Okonakino, Warsaw, Poland, 2017;Artist Moving Image Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, 2017; "Ground Signals," Surrey Art Gallery, B.C., 2017-8; Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami, 2017; "Where is Here?" Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, 2016; "Ten Million Rooms of Yearning: Sex in Hong Kong," Para Site, Hong Kong, 2014 "A Thousand of Him, Scattered," Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014 "Queering the International," The Roundhouse, Vancouver, 2014 Yale University, 2014 University of Pennsylvania, 2014 Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, 2013 Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival, 2012 Dhaka International Film Festival, 2012; "No Place, Queer Geographies of the Screen, McIntosh Gallery, 2012


Awards \ Grants

2015: Kessler Award for substantial contribution to LGBTQ Studies, CLAGS, City University of New York, 2014: Best Film, Caribbean Tales Film Festival, 2012: Samsung Audience Award Toronto Int'l Reel Asian Film Festival, 2010: Chalmers Arts Fellowship, 2005: Curatorial Writing Award: Essay Contemporary, OAAG 2003: Pioneer Award, Chinese Canadian National Council, 2003: Best Experimental Film, Worldwide Short Film Festival, 2002: Telefilm Canada Award for Best Film/Video, Images 2001: Toronto Arts Award, Media Arts, 2000: Bell Canada Award for outstanding achievement in video art, 2000: Margot Bindhardt Award, TAC Grants from Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Film Development Corporation and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Small Axe, New York, 2014 Making Scenes, Vancouver, 2008 Metropolis, Dundas Sq. Video Wall, Toronto, 2008 McMaster Museum, Hamilton, 2008 Blink, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Toronto, 2007

Selected Publications

Book:13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics , Montreal: Artexte, 2002; French edition 2006. Co-edited with Monika Kin Gagnon. 

Book/catalogue chapters:  "The Circle and the Straight Line," The Radcliffe Line and Other Geographies: Sarindar Dhaliwal, Audrey McClellan & Anne Simpson eds, St. Catharines: Brock University, 2017; "Beyond Domestication," Queer: Documents in Contemporary Art, David Getsy ed., London: Whitechapel Gallery, & Boston:MIT Press, 2016; "Sex Traitors: Autoethnography by Straight Men," Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography, Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki eds, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014 "John Greyson's Queer International," The Perils of Pedagogy: The Films of John Greyson, Brenda Longfellow, Scott McKenzie and Thomas Waugh eds., Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2013; "We Like to Watch: Toronto's Passion for Film Festivals," Explosion in the Movie Machine, Chris Gehman ed., Toronto: Images Festival and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, 2013 "Continental Drift," co-authored with Tim McCaskell, Queerly Canadian: An Introductory Reader in Sexuality Studies, Maureen Fitzgerald and Scott Rayter eds., Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2012 "Pornography and its Discontents: A round Table with Anjali Arondekar, Richard Fung and Sylvia Chong," Embodying Asian American Sexualities, Gina Masquesmay and Sean Metzger ed., Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009 "Remaking Home Movies", Home Movies: Excavations into Historical and Cultural Memories, Karen Ishizuka and Patricia R. Zimmermann eds., University of California Press, 2007 "After Essay - Questioning History, Questioning Art," Aboriginal Representation in the Art Gallery, Lynda Jessup and Shannon Bagg eds., Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Mercury Series, 2002 "Uncompromising Positions: Antiracism, Anticensorship and the Visual Arts," Suggestive Poses: Artists and Critics Respond to Censorship, Lorraine Johnson ed., Toronto: Riverbank Press, 1997 "Looking For My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn," How Do I Look?, ed. Bad Object Choices, Seattle: Bay Press, 1991. Reprinted in the following: Gender And Psychology, Vivien Burr ed, London and New York: Routledge, 2014; The Gender and Media Reader, Mary Celeste Kearney ed., London and New York: Routledge, 2011; Asian American Studies, Min Song and Jean Yu eds., New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2002; Men's Lives, Michael s. Kimmel and Michael A. Messner, Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2001; The Columbia Reader of Lesbian and Gay Men, Larry Gross ed., Columbia University Press, 1999; Q&A: Queer In Asian America, Alice Hom and David Eng eds., Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998; Asian American Sexualities, Russell Leong ed., New York: Routledge, 1996. Richard has also written for the journals FUSE, Women and Performance, GLQ, Mix, Take One and others.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

V/Tape, Board of Directors; Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, Fellow; Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Advisor; Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Advisor; SELECTED JURIES: Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Rockefeller Foundation Multimedia Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts ,Trinity Square Video Archives, Toronto International Film Festival, Shanghai Queer Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival, Center for Arts Criticism, Ontario Arts Council, National Asian American Telecommunications Association