Kimberly Phillips

Kimberly Phillips is Curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, where she oversees exhibitions, publications and artist residencies. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of British Columbia and was an Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellow. Her postdoctoral studies were supported by the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst at the Freie Universität, Berlin. From 2013 to 2017 she was Director/Curator of Access Gallery, a Vancouver artist-run centre committed to emergent and experimental practices, and previous to that held the position of Curator of Interpretation at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her curatorial practice maintains a particular interest in the spectral and the resistant, as well as the conditions under which artists, particularly women artists, work. While at Access Gallery she developed the internationally renowned residency and exhibition programme Twenty-Three Days at Sea, which saw artists travel across the Pacific Ocean aboard working container vessels to Shanghai. Her most recent projects at the Contemporary Art Gallery have included my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money, a solo exhibition and book featuring new work by Vuntut Gwitchin artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, and The Blue Hour, a group exhibition querying the possibility of photography as a speculative device, with Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu and Kara Uzelman, as well as the independent project 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts, with Abbas Akhavan, Brady Cranfield, Brenda Draney, Betty Goodwin, Vanessa Kwan, Lyse Lemieux, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Kathleen Ritter, Carol Sawyer and Jin-me Yoon, at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. Phillips has authored, edited and contributed to numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and her critical writings have appeared in Artforum, Canadian Art, C Magazine, The Capilano Review and Fillip. She maintains an active teaching practice, and regularly instructs courses in modern and contemporary art and curatorial practice at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the University of British Columbia.

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