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Chris Hampton

Chris Hampton is a freelance writer based in Toronto who thinks mostly about visual art and music. His work has appeared in the Walrus, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, among other publications.
Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

Are specialized fine-arts programs in high schools—such as Toronto's Etobicoke School of the Arts—prep schools for potential BFAs, replicating the art-world's inequalities? Or are they a necessary evolution in secondary-school arts education?

Mapping Migration

Mapping Migration

Artist Abedar Kamgari hoped that her 27-hour walk from Toronto to Hamilton would make her feel at home. But she still navigates her experiences as an immigrant and refugee.

Art in Condoland

Art in Condoland

Development mania across Canada is marked by eye-catching public art. But what makes such works successful? No one, it seems, can quite agree.

Outside the Box: Breaking the Colonial Gaze with Virtual Reality

Outside the Box: Breaking the Colonial Gaze with Virtual Reality

Montreal-based artist Olivia Mc Gilchrist uses virtual reality to reveal some of the masks we wear every day.

Big Museum on the Prairie: The Remai Modern and Saskatoon

Big Museum on the Prairie: The Remai Modern and Saskatoon

The Remai Modern is Saskatoon's flashy new museum. But the city has a longstanding, active visual-art community. How are the two coexisting?

Jeff Bierk and the Thorny Issue of Exploitation

Jeff Bierk and the Thorny Issue of Exploitation

Toronto artist Jeff Bierk collaborates with Toronto’s poor and homeless. Are the resulting photographs emancipatory, or exploitative?

Watch Jon Rafman’s LARPing, Tamagotchi-Fuelled Film

Watch Jon Rafman’s LARPing, Tamagotchi-Fuelled Film

Jon Rafman’s new live-action film focuses on the shifting relationship between humans and machines and that watershed Millenial toy: the Tamagotchi.

Kent Monkman’s Buffalo Jump at the Gardiner Museum

Kent Monkman’s Buffalo Jump at the Gardiner Museum

Kent Monkman has created a life-sized buffalo jump (with two 300-pound taxidermy bison) for an installation at the Gardiner Museum. Chris Hampton reports.

Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier: Brainn Trrustt

Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier: Brainn Trrustt

Winnipeg artists Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier—nominees for last year’s Sobey Award—work together on projects including wryly illustrated bookworks.

Tricia Middleton: Exquisite Collapse

Tricia Middleton: Exquisite Collapse

Tricia Middleton pushes her materials to the brink, creating a collection of "precarious things about precarious situations."

Dominique Rey’s Veneration of a Disappearing Sisterhood

Dominique Rey’s Veneration of a Disappearing Sisterhood

In "Under the Rose Arch," Dominique Rey documents an order of Catholic nuns facing the threat of extinction in a manner closer to veneration than elegy.