Fiona Annis lives and works in Montréal, Québec. Her practice includes a wide range of media to explore tensions between concept and material and to select the processes and rhythms that amplify the ideas underpinning each of her projects. This method of working is paired with an ongoing interest in how the past inhabits the present. In this respect, the prefix ‘re’ is in constant use: return, revenant, remediate, and reinvent all reoccur in the writings that describe her various projects. This anachronistic approach has led her to research photography’s uncanny relationship with the past and to explore existing materials, images, and technologies in search of new meanings.
Fiona has exhibited nationally and internationally at artist-run centers, galleries and museums including: The AC Institute (New York City), The Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal) Goldsmith’s University (London), Low Salt Gallery (Glasgow), Museo Novecento (Naples), Gallery44 (Toronto), VU Photo (Québec City) and The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton). Her artwork is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the public art collection of the city of Ottawa, and the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Fiona is the recipient of a research-creation fellowship from the Brucebo Foundation to undertake a new project with the Museum of Astronomical Instruments in Naples, Italy. Fiona is also the co-founder of The Society of Affective Archives, with projects that include a large-scale public art commission on the Mount Royal Park in the city of Montreal. Fiona Annis has a master’s degree from the Glasgow School of Art and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree from Concordia University.