Justine Skahan (Montreal)
Justine Skahan was born in Montreal, where she currently lives. She obtained her MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2016, and her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2010. She has participated in residencies in Banff, Alberta, in Val-David, QC, and in Montreal. In 2015, Skahan was the recipient of the inaugural Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship from the University of Ottawa, and in 2016 received the René Payant Award for Outstanding Thesis Support Paper from the University of Ottawa. She was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has participated in numerous exhibitions in throughout Canada.
I am interested in the construction of an image: both the process of building it as a painting, as well as how visual elements have come together or are falling apart. My main interest in terms of subject matter runs in parallel to this: how we construct, decorate, and maintain our homes, and I consider this as a useful metaphor for emotional states and intimate relationships. During my time at the KIAC residency, I plan to pursue these questions using images of local architecture, particularly sites that are undergoing some sort of transformation, or structures that are provisional.
Kuba Bakowski (Warsaw)
Graduate of the Multimedia Communication Faculty of the University of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. Kuba Bąkowski’s work is characterized by experimental activities in the realm of photography, sculpture, and performance. Bąkowski also creates installations, kinetic objects, and recently robotized sculptures as well. The source of his inspiration is new technologies and issues from different areas of science, anthropology, and natural history. He cooperates with scientists, engineers, and constructors.
Kuba Bąkowski has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in the Zachęta National Gallery, Foksal Gallery, and Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. He has taken part in exhibitions at Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, Museé d’Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne, Artspace Sydney, National Center for Contemporary Art w Moscow, Palazzo Delle Arti Napoli, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Manin, Chelsea Art Museum w New York, Royal Scottish Academy w Edinburgh. He is the grant recipient of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Centre for Culture, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Creative Scottland, and Canada Council for the Arts.