Stan Douglas to represent Canada at La Biennale di Venezia in 2021
The National Gallery of Canada announced yesterday that Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas will represent Canada at the 59th Venice Biennale. Douglas is recognized as one of the country’s most acclaimed contemporary artists whose multidisciplinary works, including films, photographs, and, more recently, theater productions, often reflect on the dynamic potential embedded in pivotal historical moments.
“Stan Douglas is one of this country’s most internationally respected artists and we are thrilled to be supporting the development of a new work for the Venice Biennale.” said Sasha Suda, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada. “This is the only international visual arts exhibition to which Canada sends official representation. As owner and commissioner of the Canadian Pavilion in Venice, the National Gallery of Canada is in a perfect position to share with the world what Canadians are most excited about in art”.
Stan Douglas was selected by a national committee of experts in contemporary Canadian art comprised of John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Reid Shier, Director, The Polygon Gallery; Kitty Scott, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada; and Sasha Suda, PhD, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada.
“It is a privilege to nominate Stan Douglas as Canada’s representative to the 2021 Venice Biennale,” The Canadian Jury Committee said. “Douglas is one of the country’s most internationally respected artists, with a practice recognized for its critical imagination, formal ingenuity and deep commitment to social enquiry. In conversation, the jury cited the artist’s continuing re-imagination of the mediums of photography and multi-channel film and video installation, together with his paradigmatic investigations into the relation of local histories with generational social forces. The currency of Douglas’ practice is especially relevant in the context of the Biennale’s global dialogues, and the jury was unanimous in its enthusiasm for his selection.”
Image: Stan Douglas, dated 2015. Photo by Evaan Kheraj