Fiona Annis is a multidisciplinary artist who develops projects through a dedicated studio-based practice, combined with research residencies, interdisciplinary collaborations, and intergenerational mentorships.
Guided by a process-oriented approach, Annis’ practice gravitates around the language of photography, and the subtle matter of light and time acts as a lens to explore themes including impermanence and metamorphosis. In extension, a focus on astral phenomena frequently appears in her projects as a means to consider notions of chance and destiny, and a platform to foster creative resistance and radical hope. In addition to photography, her research and experimentation find expression through a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, and text-based artworks.
With a distinct interest for material history, Annis engages the past through a profoundly contemporary perspective. In parallel, her affection for analogue processes often leads her to explore existing materials, images, and technologies in search of new meanings. Recovering, reinterpreting, and remediation are unique motifs at play in her practice.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland (1983) and raised in Manitoba, Fiona Annis lives and works in Tiohtià:ke – Montréal. Fiona’s work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions 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).
Fiona has been awarded several national and international fellowships, including the Brucebo Foundation travel prize, held at the Capodimonte Observatory and Museum of Astronomical Instruments in Naples; the Jarislowsky Prize, held at the Banff Centre for the Arts; and the Quebec Research Fund for Society and Culture, held at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Her artwork is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the public art collection of the city of Ottawa.
Fiona is the co-founder of the The Society of Affective Archives, an entity dedicated to collaboration, the production of affective archives and the conservation of peripheral knowledge. Projects realized by The Society include exhibitions, artist books, video installations and performances, as well as the creation of large-scale permanent public artworks. Annis has a master’s degree from the Glasgow School of Art and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree from Concordia University.