Committee & Curator

About the National Selection Committee

Canadian artist Geoffrey Farmer was chosen by a national selection committee to represent Canada at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The committee is comprised of senior contemporary art curators and museum directors from across the country:

Daina Augaitis
Chief Curator and Associate Director, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Josée Drouin-Brisebois
Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Mark Lanctôt
Curator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal

Marc Mayer
Director and CEO, National
Gallery of Canada,

Kitty Scott
Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

About the Exhibition Curator

Kitty Scott is the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada. Previously she was Director of Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, Canada; Chief Curator at the Serpentine  Gallery, UK; and Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Scott’s extensive resume includes exhibitions of artists such as Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Paul Chan, Peter Doig, Theaster Gates, Brian Jungen & Duane Linklater, Janice Kerbel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Scott McFarland, Silke Otto-Knapp, Frances Stark and Ron Terada. She was a core agent for Germany’s dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues, books and journals and edited the publication Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and Its Discontents (2010). She regularly lectures at art schools and curatorial programs throughout North America.

About the National Gallery of Canada

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