Born in 1976 in Windsor. Lives and works in Toronto.
Annie MacDonell shifts through photography, film, sculpture, sound and installation in a practice that questions the assumptions of originality, authenticity and progress central to Modernist thought. MacDonell’s work often begins in appropriation and spirals off into a multi-layered, critical and self-reflexive meditation on acts of representation and ideas of authorship. Her 2012 exhibition at Toronto’s Mercer Union, “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition),” brought together a series of photographs and a film work; both stemmed from the same set of appropriated images. In this show, MacDonell created a replica of her studio that transposed, reflected and projected the two works on top of each other, acting as a mirror, projection room and camera obscura. MacDonell holds a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from Le Fresnoy, France. She was a 2012 finalist for the Grange Prize and her work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Artspace Peterborough, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Grand Palais and the 2012 Daegu Photo Biennale.
Image of Annie MacDonell in her studio courtesy the artist.