Biography

Artist and filmmaker Jon Rafman explores the paradoxes of modernity in his sculpture, videos and interactive installations. At once a celebration and a critique of present-day experience, his work highlights how our technical instruments and other forms of mediation can estrange us from ourselves.

Rafman’s solo exhibitions include Jon Rafman, Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto (2017); Jon Rafman, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal (2016); Jon Rafman: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL II, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal (2014) and Jon Rafman: You are standing in an open field, Feuer/Mesler, New York (2013). Among his group exhibitions are Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017); The Metabolic Age, MALBA, Buenos Aires (2015); Image Object, Public Art Fund, New York (2015); What is a Photograph?, International Center of Photography, New York (2014); Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Science Fiction: New Death, FACT (Foundation for Art and Technology), Liverpool (2014) and 9 Eyes, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2013). His work is part of the collection at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Getty Trust, Los Angeles and Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome.

Rafman was shortlisted for the Future Generation Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2014) and was the recipient of the Media Arts Grant, Canada Council for the Arts (2012); Filmmaker’s Assistance Program Grant, National Film Board of Canada (2010) and Research & Creation Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2008).

He holds a BA in Philosophy and Literature from McGill University, Montreal (2004) and an MFA in Film, Video and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008).

Rafman was born in 1981 in Montreal, where he continues to live and work.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.