Stephen Foster is a video and electronic media artist of mixed Haida and European background. His work tends to deal with issues of indigenous representation in popular culture through personal narrative. He has exhibited in solo as well as group exhibitions both internationally and nationally, as well as participated in various festivals with video installations and single-channel works. In 2007 Foster received his first opportunity to present a retrospective screening of his video work at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival.
In addition to his exhibition record, Foster is a published author, has presented lectures, and has participated on panels for new media, video art, and contemporary indigenous art at national and international venues. He has taken part in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts; Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon; Oboro, Montreal; and La Chambre Blanche, Quebec City. Foster was awarded a large Research/Creation Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for exploring interactive and experimental approaches to documentary. In 2009 he was nominated for Best New Media Project at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival for his interactive DVD video project titled The Prince George Métis Elders’ Documentary Project. Foster is currently Associate Professor in the Creative Studies department and is Director of the Summer Institute for Interdisciplinary Indigenous Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. He is also the coordinator of the CanWest Global Centre for Artists’ Video and instructs courses dedicated to video production, digital media, and visual and cultural theory.