naakita feldman-kiss is a queer artist of mixed roots. Their practice examines intergenerational memory, disaporic identities, changing landscapes and contemporary applications of oral tradition. feldman-kiss’s aesthetic explorations manifest in transmedia with a focus on text-based, performative, technological and social artworks. Their practice is founded in ethical frameworks of equitable exchange within a collaborative process.

Recent presentations of the artist’s works include New York MoMA PS1 (2012); Eastern Bloc, Montreal, QC (2015); Unnoticed Festival, Nijmegen, NL (2016); Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON (2016), Knot, Project Space, Ottawa, ON (2018), Critical Distance, Toronto, ON (2019). feldman-kiss’s writing and critical analyses have been published in KAPSULA magazine (2015) and Queer Codes (2016), among other online and print publications. In 2016, they completed their B.F.A. at Concordia University in Intermedia where they graduated with distinction.

/

naakita feldman-kiss est une artiste queer aux origines diverses. Ses recherches portent sur la mémoire intergénérationnelle, identités diasporiques, paysages changeants et les utilisations contemporaines de la tradition orale. Les explorations esthétiques de feldman-kiss se traduisent par la multidisciplinarité et plus particulièrement, par des travaux artistiques d'ordre textuel, performatif, technologique et social. Sa pratique se fonde sur les échanges équitables et éthiques ainsi que sur les processus collaboratifs.

Son travail a été présenté au MoMA PS1 de New York (2012) ; Eastern Bloc de Montréal, QC (2015); Unnoticed Festival, Nimègue, NL (2016); Galerie B-312, Montréal, QC (2016), Knot, Project Space, Ottawa, ON (2018), Critical Distance, Toronto, ON (2019). feldman-kiss a publié des textes critiques dans différents magazines tels que KAPSULA (2015) et Queer Codes (2016), parmi d'autres, en ligne et imprimés. En 2016, elle a terminé son B.F.A. à l'Université Concordia en Intermedia où elle a obtenu son diplôme avec distinction.
upcoming:
Maison d'Ariane Research Creation Residency, September - October 2021, Grand Métis, QC

Remaking Edgware as part of Videofenster, June 23, 2021, Cologne, DE

recent:
Remaking Edgware: Presentation and Video Screening, February 17, 2021

Wednesdays, Before Piano. as part of the group exhibit "Rencontre avec l'autre soi-même" curated by Karen Tam, September 19, 2020 - December 20, 2020 @ EXPRESSION, Saint-Hyacinthe

Wednesdays, Before Piano., September 9th - October 18th, 2019 @ The FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC.

For Nennen, as part of the group exhibit "Beyond the Veil" co-curated by Joyce Yahouda, September 7th - October 5th, 2019 @ Mémoire de l'Avenir, Paris, FR.

For Nennen, as part of the group exhibit "Beyond the Veil" co-curated by Joyce Yahouda, May 9th - June 10th, 2019 @ ARTLIFE for the World Gallery, Venice, ITA.

Between Pieces of our Past (an iteration of Wednesdays, Before Piano. in collaboration with Ivanie Aubin-Malo) Public Syntax (Group Exhibit), February 7th - March 31st, 2019 @ Critical Distance, Toronto, ON. More details here.

press:
Remaking Edgware with naakita feldman-kiss interview with NIV Magazine, June 2021.

Tell Me Again interview with Never Apart Magazine, May 2021.

Virtual gallery tour for Rencontre avec l'autre soi-même @ EXPRESSION, curated by Karen Tam, November 2020, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC.

« Une exposition collective et le début d’une nouvelle tendance pour Expression » Le Courier de Saint-Hyacinthe, October 2020.

Podcast feature with COHDScast, May 2019, Montreal, QC.

Radio interview with atelier, March 2019, Montreal, QC.

Public Syntax: SAW Video at Critical Distance, Digital Catalogue, February 2019.

Digital artist talk for Chercher des personnes, des lieux ou d’autres choses @ Galerie-B312, July 2016, Montreal, QC.

« La créativité de la Net Generation », Le Devoir, July 2016.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
'Wednesdays, Before Piano.', FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC (2019)
'Wednesdays, Before Piano.', Knot Project Space, Ottawa, ON (2018)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The World is My Home ('Remaking Edgware' - Video Installation), Videofenster, Cologne, DE (2021)
Rencontre avec l'autre soi-même ('Wednesdays, Before Piano.' - Video Installation), EXPRESSION, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC (2020)
Beyond the Veil ('For Nennen' - Textile Installation), Mémoire de l'Avenir, Paris, FR (2019)
Beyond the Veil ('For Nennen' - Textile Installation), ARTLIFE for the World Gallery, Venice, ITA (2019)
Ateliers de Bellechasse, ('Rencontre autour d'une table' - Collaborative Installation), Montreal, QC (2019)
Public Syntax ('Between Pieces and Past.' - Video Installation), Critical Distance, Toronto, ON (2019)
OUTPUT: Annual Screening of SAW Video grantees ('Wednesdays, Before Piano.' - Video), The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON (2018)
Decussation: Experiences Through Video, (‘Grandma's Crystal Flowers’ - Video Installation), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON (2017)
Critical Ethics, ('Grandma's Crystal Flowers' - Video Installation) Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON (2016)
Chercher des personnes, des lieux ou d’autres choses, ('Toward Be/Longing' - Print Media Installation) Galerie B-312, Montreal, QC (2016)
Unnoticed Art Festival, ('Sans y être' - Audio Performance in collaboration with Roby Provost-Blanchard), Nijmegen, Netherlands (2016)
Meet Me on the Tarmac, ('The Sharing Economy' - Video Installation), Art Mûr, Montreal, QC (2016)
THOUGHTBAGS (Or, Every Image is a Gushing Sack of Ideas), (‘The Best We Have’ - Audio Installation), YTB Gallery, Toronto, ON (2015)
Harbinger, (‘Could We Talk?’ - Site Intervention), Eastern Bloc, Montreal, QC (2015)
Ritual, (‘Ritual’ - Performance), MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2012)

PUBLISHED TEXTS
Invisibilities No. 2, "Wednesdays, Before Piano." (2019)
Making Spaces: Exhibition Catalog, “What is Light?” (2017)
Queer Codes - Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and the Digital: "Queering the Both of Us: The Subversive Potential of the Avatar" (2016)
KAPSULA Magazine: "I Feel So Far Away From You, Could We Talk?" Vol. 2, Theme 3 (2015)

RESIDENCIES/ARTIST PROGRAMS
Maison d'Ariane Research Creation Residency, Grand Métis, QC (Fall 2021 upcoming)
CRFC Audio Storyteller Resident, CJLO, Montreal, QC (2021)
Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator (2021)
Micro-Residency, facilitated by Victoria Stanton, Entrelacs, QC (2019)
L'Externat, mentorship program with Les Territoires, Montreal, QC (2018-2019)
AIRO (Artist in Residence Online), at Cold Bench, International (2017)
Critical Ethics, themed commission residency at Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON (2016)
MoMA PS1 Free School, with Marina Abramovic, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Steve Paxton, New York, NY (2012)

GRANTS AND AWARDS
Canada Council for the Arts "Explore and Create - Research and Creation" (2021)
Museum of Jewish Montreal Microgrant for Creative and Cultural Exploration (2020)
Canada Council for the Arts "Digital Originals" (2020)
SAW Video Jumpstart Grant (2017-2018)
Concordia Student Union Special Project Fund (2016)
Concordia University Alumni Association (2016)
FASA Special Project Grant (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Concordia University Travel Grants to Undergraduate Students (2015)
Concordia Council on Student Life Special Project Fund (2014)
Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award (2014)
OCADU BMO Financial Group Award, Incoming Student Community Service Award (2011)

EDUCATION
Concordia University, Montreal QC – BFA Intermedia, with distinction (2012-2016)
naakita feldman-kiss lives and works in Tio'Tia:Ke / Montreal, QC.  Studio visits available by appointment. ︎

naakitafkiss@gmail.com︎
vimeo︎ 
soundcloud︎ 
instagram︎

Photo by Sonia Bazar.
On Interdependence is a five part audio artwork that uses history, stories, sounds, and music to explore different perspectives and examine the threats posed by the climate crisis in Montreal. Each piece features a humanistic portrait of the city, its surroundings, and the lives that occupy it.

From winter storms in Texas, to the acidification of the ocean, the climate crisis is often framed through warning signs that feel far away or nearly incomprehensible. How can we rearticulate our understanding of changing environments toward one that is more tangibly based in our communities? Created to be both educational and emotionally impactful, On Interdependence considers the changes happening in familiar places and spaces, while demonstrating the urgent need to work toward solutions.

On Interdependence emphasizes just how much our actions and behaviours affect the lived environments and the experiences of people, plants, animals, and all our planet’s natural systems. The project signals the imminent need to care for our surroundings and each other and the imminent need for an understanding of interdependence.

Created, written and narrated by naakita feldman-kiss
Production assistance and sound design by Adam Mbowe
Scoring and audio engineering by Simon Chenaux and Yoann Denesle
Graphic and web design by angeli.ca

www.oninterdependence.com



On Interdependence
is the result of CJLO’s audio storytelling residency for Sounds In Our Changing Worlds, a project aimed at creating audio content on the climate change emergency in Montreal. This initiative is made possible by the Community Radio Fund of Canada, the only organization mandated to financially support campus and community radio stations in Canada.