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Open Studio | Kerri Flannigan

May 1 – June 2

Open Studio Artist in Residence, Kerri Flannigan has arrived! Kerri is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories (Victoria, BC), who experiments with methods of research and storytelling through installation, video, and performance. Flannigan’s practice has focused on experimental narrative and documentary formats that are rooted in wider social, cultural, and political contexts. This work frequently takes a collaborative form, working individually and collectively to create responses to ubiquitous themes. Family mythologies, coming-of-age confessions, queer experiences of place, fire, and swimming have all been subjects of recent works.

Flannigan has shown locally and internationally, receiving funding from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2023, and the BC Arts Council in 2022, and was an inaugural OUTstages resident in 2020/2021. Flannigan is currently developing two projection-based performances, Slow Dive and Wild Flame.

While at Struts, they’re working on How to Build a Fire; a multifaceted project that explores the relationship between Kerri and their dad, a fire scientist, histories recorded within landscape, and reflections on complex relationships to the land, all through the experience of wildfire. Kerri will be creating animated works using stop-motion and digital animation, as well working with a series of recorded interviews on the subject of fire.

Kerri is traveling with Struts’ first Baby in Residence of the season, Ezra.


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