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Eli Kerr has been selected for the 2019 Hnatyshyn Foundation-Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency. Based in Montréal, Kerr is focused on artistic practices that consider the implications of technological histories within unfolding social modalities. Beyond his research interests, Kerr’s exhibition and writing activity is prompted through a constant dialog and commitment to artist’s ideas.

The Young Curator Residency program, valued at $15,000 (CAD) annually, sends an exceptional young Canadian curator between the ages of 25 and 30 to work in residence at Fogo Island Arts, a contemporary art venue on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. During the residency, the curator will work closely with Fogo Island Arts’ international artists-in-residence, staff, and members of the community, and contribute to Fogo Island Arts initiatives. The six-week residency will take place in the fall of 2019. Candidates are selected based on their body of work, curatorial philosophy, and their ability to work both independently and as part of a team. This year’s selection was adjudicated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts, and Reesa Greenberg, an art and exhibition historian.

Eli Kerris a curator and writer based in Montréal. In 2016 Kerr co-founded VIE D’ANGE with Daphné Boxer. The project exists as a broad framework for curatorial activities which both emanate from, and extend beyond an old auto body garage, that serves more as an apparatus than a site for their initiatives. With a focus on supporting new, intimate and experimental artist’s projects, their exhibition programme exists as an episodic series of sequential, yet nonlinear narratives. Kerr has been awarded curatorial residencies at International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York (2017) and at Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania (2018). He holds a BFA in Design from Concordia University.

For more information visit the Hnatyshyn Foundation website.