2020 EDAA Exhibition
With works by Jawa El Khash, Kanika Gordon, Alison Postma, Camila Salcedo, and Lisa Smolkin
11 September – 3 October 2020
The 2020 EDAA Exhibition marks the sixth edition of the Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) with five exceptional works that expand the limits of digital art practice.
The Emerging Digital Artists Award is Canada’s major award for critical experimentation in digital media, proudly presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video. Launched in 2015, the award looks to recognize, support, and celebrate up-and-coming Canadian digital artists working exclusively on screen.
This year’s award-winning works were selected from over 100 submissions by emerging artists across Canada and celebrated not only for their innovative approach to digital technologies, but also a nuanced inquiry into the concerns of digital space. Each artist receives a grand prize of $5,000, as well as a one-year Production Membership to Trinity Square Video.
Don’t miss the chance to experience these boundary-pushing works by a new generation of digital artists.
About the Artists
Jawa El Khash is an artist and researcher. Her work blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, using technology such as virtual reality and holography to investigate the paradoxes and obscurities of everyday life. Through her practice of studying optics, 3D, and VR technology, she creates replicas of reality.
Kanika Gordon is a digital media artist who tells compelling stories through a futurist lens. Her work explores the relationships between society, culture, and justice with a focus on revisiting the past to secure the future. Combining still and moving images with expansive soundscapes, she creates speculative worlds that engage viewers to seek out answers for themselves.
Alison Postma is an artist based in Toronto. Her practice is multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on photography, video, and sculpture. Her works explore thematic interests that include the relationship between objects and the body, skewed perception in alternate states of reality, and perspectives on past, present, and future.
Camila Salcedo is a Caracas-born, Toronto-based curator, community organizer, and interdisciplinary artist who holds a BFA from NSCAD University. Her practice is actively informed by her lived experience, and is rooted in unlearning, questioning, and dismantling systems that define us, including nations, identity, politics, and migration.
Lisa Smolkin is a Toronto-based artist working in performance, video, and drawing. Her practice explores themes of selfhood and feminism by incorporating elements from popular culture and healing traditions within humorous narrative structures. Giving voice to the underdog, she creates works that explore concepts of personal worth through farce.
Image Credits (clockwise from top left): Shaheer Tarar, ASCII Earth, 2020 (with EDAA logo); Lisa Smolkin, Life’s lil Bitch, 2019; Kanika Gordon, Welcome to the Alter-Ego Citadel, 2020; Camila Salcedo, Alternate Reality (Santa Paula, El Cafetal, Caurimare, Caracas), 2020; Alison Postma, A Point, A Line, A Surface, A Solid, 2016; Jawa El Khash, The Upper Side of the Sky, 2019