Christine Redfern

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Christine Redfern

Active in the contemporary art world as an artist, writer, curator and artistic director, CHRISTINE REDFERN’s mandate has always been to expand the opportunities for art to connect with a broader public. She has been the force behind innovative and engaging exhibitions, events and publications. She has interviewed hundreds of artists and written close to a thousand articles on contemporary art. Comfortable in the fields of both art and science; she holds a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University and a BSc. in Biomedical Communications from the Dept. of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

In the 1990’s Redfern was instrumental in bringing alternative speakers and performers to Toronto audiences as part of the Mushroom Entertainment collective: Annie Sprinkle, Karen Finley, Fran Liebowitz, Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Bobby Seale, Crispin Glover, Townes Van Zandt, Jim Carroll, Lydia Lunch, Crispin Glover, etc. Redfern curated the 1996 exhibition Yonis, Phalluses and Other Gifts, part of Mushroom’s Without Shame Festival organized to speak out against censorship and Bill C-54, with works by Robert Flack, Andy Fabo, Janieta Eyre, Michael Caines, Ho Tam, Eli Langer, Gretchen Sankey, amongst others.

In the 2000’s, Redfern worked in Montreal at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse as director of publications and at Studio XX as artistic and technical director for XX’s Cabaret Techno @ the Darling Foundry. During this decade, she wrote weekly on the contemporary art scene for the Montreal Mirror and Montreal Gazette, was the associate editor of Contemporary magazine out of London, England and contributed articles to Border Crossings, Canadian Art, ARTnews, Globe & Mail and National Post. She directed and produced video performances with New York artist Lesley Dill and Quebec artist Carole Baillargeon, as well as curated the exhibition Re-dress: Wearable and Wireless, part of Digifest: On the Move at Toronto’s Design Exchange. The exhibition featured world premieres by Quebec media artists Philomène Longpré, Paul Litherland, Joanna Berzowska, Étienne Grenier, Simon Laroche and David Lemieux.

In 2011, the graphic biography Who Is Ana Mendieta? by Christine Redfern & Caro Caron, with an introductory essay
 by Lucy R. Lippard, was published by The Feminist Press, NYC and Qui Est Ana Mendieta? translated by Susanne de Lotbinière–Harwood was published by Les Éditions du remue-ménage, Montréal. Redfern’s research into Mendieta’s art revealed that Mendieta was one of the most prolific video artists of her generation. The exhibitions Body Tracks and Anima resulted, presenting videos by Mendieta alongside contemporary artists working in the medium at Concordia’s FOFA Gallery in Montreal; Gallery 101 in Ottawa and the MSVU Art Gallery in Halifax. In 2014, she founded ELLEPHANT, where she is currently the artistic director and chief curator.