Jaspal Birdi

Jaspal Birdi is a Canadian artist who combines photography and painting by experimenting with contemporary technologies. Birdi’s interests explore concepts of reality, virtuality, and sustainability. Through programming, print and paint, her practice filters and reconstructs a blurred cycle of virtual and physical actions. Birdi completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University (2010), a Museum Internship at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection (2011), a Masters in Arts Management from Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) (2013), and a Specialization in Curating Contemporary Art from Venice School of Curatorial Studies (2016). Recognized with support from the Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, she is the recipient of several honours, such as the Arte Laguna Solo Exhibition Prize (2013), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (BLM) Artist Residency in Venice (2017–18), and BLM Stonefly Art Award (2017/18), the Fondazione Culturale San Fedele Visual Arts Fellowship, Milan (2020–21), and Martini International Award. In 2017, Birdi co-curated the exhibition Command-Alternative-Escape for the opening week of the Venice International Art Biennale. During the Berlin Art Week (2018), her works were presented in Transferred Recall, a curated solo exhibition. In 2020, Birdi presented Can I Play Outside? a solo exhibition supported by the RBC Foundation Emerging Artist Residency at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Birdi was the Artist-in-Residence (2021–22) at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto.

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