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PAOLA POLETTO
paolapoletto@gmail.com
paolapoletto.com

My work shifts between DIY and institutional-based practices. With both, I'm interested in the representations of collaborative productions where visual constructions are rigorous narratives, exercising multiple points of view. I am the independent co-coordinator of art/lit projects Kiss Machine (2000-5), Inflatable Museum (2001), Girls and Guns (2004), Boredom Fighters! (2008), Tel-talk: art interventions in telephone booths (2012) and Oh Dear: public art that unhinges North York’s sense of modesty (2013). I am in phase 2 of a five-year art-making collaboration with my twin daughters entitled StudioPeePee (2012-17), and am currently working towards Ghosts of Monsters (2018), a photographic project capturing the rapid transformation of North York’s housing stock. I'm also Manager of Studio and Group Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario where I oversee learning opportunities across the full life cycle. I've also led the AGO's gallery interventions, nuit blanche (2013-16), and the artist-in-residence program (2013-16). I have a BFA from York University, an MFA from Western University, and completed the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management jointly offered by New York University, Deusto University and the Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao. I am a 2017 recipient of the John Hobday Award for management in the visual arts from the Canada Council.

AWARD

2017 John Hobday Award in Visual Arts Management, Canada Council for the Arts

EDUCATION

2017 International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management, New York University,       Deusto University, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain.

2000 Master of Fine Arts, Western University, London, Canada

1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada

ARTIST/COORDINATOR

Ghosts of Monsters, photo installation, Toronto Arts Centre, supported by North York Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Centre for the Arts and presented as part of Contact Photography Festival, May 2018.

StudioPeePee (2012-17), a durational photo installation, bookwork, forthcoming

We are Coloured, in Imago Mundi, curated by Francesca Valente, Palazzo Loredan, Venezia, Aug - Oct, 2017

Gas Up! photo series with Liis Toliao in Suburbed, curated by Patrick Macaulay, Harbourfront Centre, Sept - Dec, 2014

Directions for Usefulness photo installation in Survoyeurism: Reconsidering Surveillance, curated by Nives Hajdin, The Open Gallery - OCADU, April, 2014

Oh Dear, Public Art that unhinges North York's sense of modesty, artist/curator, a multi-site-specific exhibition in North York, Jul - Aug, 2013, supported by Ontario Arts Council, North York Arts

Lady Cleaner photo installation in Tel-talk, artist/curator, co-produced with Yvonne Koscielak, Liis Toliao, www.tel-talk.blogspot.com with exhibition at Telephone Booth Gallery (Sharlene Rankin - Director) and book, Sept 2011 - Jul 2012, writing supported by Ontario Arts Council

Boredom Fighters! Graphic Poems, artist/curator, co-edited with Jake Kennedy, Tightrope Books, Toronto-Detroit, 2008

California Dreaming in Waypoint, curated by Patrick Macaulay, York Quay Galleries, Harbourfront Centre, Jul-Sept, 2005

Banana Bread in Geostash, with Jon Sasaki, curated by Michelle Kasprzak and Michael Alstad, year.01.com/geostash, October/November 2004, supported by YYZ, Toronto

Girls and Guns, artist/curator, Forest City Gallery, London and performance/launch at YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto, Apr 2003; Dorrotyea Galleria, Budapest, Aug, 2004; Tirana, Albania, Sept 2004; Novisad Media Festival, Serbia & Montenegro, Oct, 2004, Supported by Canadian Consulate in Budapest

Her Eyes and Hair Repeat, graphic poem in Superheroes, witches, mutants and freaks: Girls Who Bite Back, Sumach Press, anthology ed. Emily Pohl-Weary, 2004

Breathe, photo and audio work in Art Tunes, curated by Toni Latour, 2003, available at V-Tape, Toronto

Was That Forest, photo magnet multiple of 50, 2003, available through Art Metropole, Toronto

Inflatable Museum, artist/curator, on-line project, 2001 – 2004

Kiss Machine, artist/curator/co-founder, published twice yearly featuring 300 + artists and writers, and performance series 2000 - 2005, supported by Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council and Canada Magazine Fund

Language Hotel, site-specific durational installation, St. Norbert Cultural Center, Winnipeg, Dec 2000

Forest, (with Thompson/Wlasenko/Dansereau) Pekao Gallery, Toronto, Oct/Nov 2000

Rockit Girl: The CD Project, (with Cipriano/Osborne), exhibition and CD, She Said Boom, Toronto, Ontario, September, 2000, preceded by Rockit Girl month-long performance/residency and exhibition, Galleries@Galleria, London, Ontario, Jun 2000

Quanto Capish, video installation with Toni Latour, Gallery 396, London, Ontario, Jan 2000

Art Forum Berlin and Art International New York, represented by Artcore Gallery, 1998/9

TALKS

Art Now: Art in the Public Realm - artist talk (series coordinated by Christof Migone), Western University, London, Feb 2016

How Residencies Create Socially Responsible Museums: Nancy Maryboy, Darren O'Donnell, Eric Siegel, coordinator and moderator of panel presentation at American Alliance of Museums conference, April 2015

Oh Dear: Public Art that Unhinges North York's Sense of Modesty, panel presentation for Land | Slide: Possible Futures (curated by Janine Marchessault), Markham Museums, October 2013

Fashion no-no (Berzowska, Dorkenwald and Spitzer, Imai, Yeung, Ling, Thompson) curatorial statement and talk for bi-annual craft/art exhibition, Queen's Quay Gallery - Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, January - March, 2009

Design Director's Talk and Roundtable, North American Conference for Design Museums coordinated by Vitra Museum, Design Miami, December 2007

Canada Goes Wild: Contemporary Canadian Design, presentations at Canadian Embassy, Tokyo and Canadian Pavilion, Expo, Nagoya, April 2005

Pistols, Vacancies and Drifting Snow, presentation at Hot Flashes Symposium on the work of Sheila Butler, University of Western Ontario, February, 2005

Girls and Guns, curator/artist statement in panel discussion, August 2004, Dorrotyea Galleria, Budapest

Multiplicity: Do It Yourself Publishing and Artist Multiples, panel discussion, May 2004, Drake Hotel supported by Gallery TPW, Toronto

WRITER/COORDINATOR

Meera Margaret Singh: Echoes, Laughter and Female Body Builders, case study in Feminism and Museums, edited by Jenna Ashton, Museums Etc., London, 2017

AGO Artists in Residence 2011-16, manager/editor, AGO, 2017

Echoes: Meera Margaret Singh, artist bookwork, project manager, AGO, 2016

Oh Dear, Public Art that unhinges North York's sense of modesty, exhibition poster/brochure, 2013, supported by Ontario Arts Council, North York Arts

Tel-talk, artist/curator, co-produced with Yvonne Koscielak, Liis Toliao, Tightrope Books, Toronto-Detroit, 2012, writing supported by Ontario Arts Council

Boredom Fighters! Graphic Poems, artist/curator, co-edited with Jake Kennedy, Tightrope Books, Toronto-Detroit, 2008

Ourtopias: Cities and the Role of Design, co-edited by with Philip Beesley, Catherine Molnar, Riverside Architectural Press, Waterloo, 2008

Jellyfish, Zebra and other Animals: art, fashion and Canadian identity, essay in La moda in Canada. Patrimonio etnico e identità nazionale publication co-edited by Giovanna Franci and Rosella Mangaroni, Emil - Roma / University of Bologna, 2008

Roger Wood, curatorial statement, Design Exchange, December - January 2007/8

A new age for design?, paper in Design For All Institute Of India Newsletter, Mar 2006, Vol.1 N.2

Exchange: Universal Design, editor, Design Exchange, 2005

Design for the Cold, curatorial statement, Design Exchange, September - October, 2005

Robot Landscapes, curatorial statement, Harbourfront Centre, March - May, 2005

Virtual vs. Physical: Creating on-line educational experiences through design, co-authored and presented with Anne Kaye, Museums and the Web Conference 2004, Arlington, VA/Washington DC, Apr, 2004

The mini-revolution of e-textiles, article in Partners Magazine, Winter 2004

Exchange: Sustainability, assistant editor, Design Exchange, 2003

Broken Pencil Magazine, visual arts editor, 2001/2

Michael Alstad: PATH, essay on video work presented at Graz Biennal of Media and Architecture, exhibition catalogue, 2001

Julie Voyce: mail art, Broken Pencil Magazine, article co-authored with Jon Sasaki, Fall 2001

Nancy Fox: prints, SNAP Gallery, essay about artist print in Newsletter Edition, Edmonton 2001

The Analogy of Hibernation, paper, University Art Association Conference, University of Manitoba, Nov. 2000

WORK

2013 - current: Art Gallery of Ontario
Manager, Studio and Group Learning (Residency Programs to 2017; Public Programs to 2015)

2008 - 2013: City of Mississauga
Supervisor, Cultural Programs - Literary and Digital Arts (and Supervisor, Events to 2012)

2000 - 2008: Design Exchange
Senior Director, Development and Special Projects (and Senior Director, Programs to 2007)

1993 - 1998: Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy
Programs Coordinator