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Jayne Wilkinson

TORONTO, CA

I am an editor, art writer, and curator living in Toronto, Canada. I was recently editor-in-chief at Canadian Art—a nationally mandated contemporary art magazine—where I was interested in expanding the definition and role of a traditional print publication by bringing a range of new voices, especially artists’ voices, to the platform.

As a writer, I’ve contributed art criticism to publications and peer-reviewed journals, including C Magazine, Prefix Photo, InVisible Culture, Inuit Art Quarterly, and others. I’m interested in expanded forms of art writing and have written essays for artists’ books, catalogs and online platforms. As a curator, I’ve developed exhibitions and public programs mostly for public galleries and artist-run centres in Canada. I was on the board of directors at Art Metropole for three years and am a dedicated supporter of artist publishing and experimental platforms.

I was born and raised in Oshawa, which is a small city best known for its auto industry and situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, a body of water that continues to inspire my work and writing. I have an MA in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia and my research interests are mostly around how environmental politics, surveillance and the elemental cultures of the Anthropocene intersect with issues in contemporary art and photo-based practices. How can artists, arts workers and cultural producers contribute to more sustainable futures, in form and practice?