Lisa Baldissera

Lisa Baldissera has worked as an independent curator, consultant and writer, and in curatorial roles in public art galleries in Western Canada since 1999, including Senior Curator at Contemporary Calgary (2014-16) and Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon (2012-14). She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from 1999 to 2009, where she produced more than fifty exhibitions of local, Canadian, and international artists. She holds MFAs in Creative Writing (UBC) and Art (University of Saskatchewan) and is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Baldissera has served on contemporary art juries across Canada, including the Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards, the Sobey Art Award, British Columbia Arts Council and as a guest of the British Arts Council outreach program. Recent curatorial projects include, Person/ne on Arendtian forms of care, citizenship and personhood for Griffin Art Projects, and in 2017, UTOPIA FACTORY, which considered issues of urban planning, monuments, public art and reconciliation in the building of a new art gallery and WILD: Fabricating a Frontier (with M:ST and Calgary Underground Film Festival), which complicated frontier narratives in contested zones and settler colonial contexts.

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