Kate Barry investigates the performative capacities of the human body through drawing, painting and performance art. She considers the phenomenological experiences of queer, sexualized and gendered bodies in particular. Barry is interested in the body as both object and subject, as well as the tension in this duality.

Kate Barry has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally including, Vancouver Art Gallery (2017/18) ; Open Space, Victoria (2018); FADO Performance Art Centre, Toronto (2016); LINK & PIN performance art series, Montreal (2015); Glad Day Event Space, Toronto (2014) and Axe-Neo-7, Gatineau, Quebec (2009). In 2010, Barry held her Masters of Visual Arts thesis presentation at The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), curated by Jonathan Shaughnessy. In addition, she self-produced work at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France) and at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).

Kate Barry has curated several shows on performance art, most notably, White Wedding to the Snow, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephen’s performance art wedding in Ottawa, Canada, 2010, 11:45 PM, FADO Performance Art Centre’s Emerging Artist Series at Xpace Gallery, 2012, Toronto; Nature Lover:Performance for the Camera, the Fabulous Fringe Film Festival, Durham Region, 2017.

From 2013 -2016, she worked as the project manager for More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, ed. by Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder, (2016). From 2013 until 2016, she wrote a popular Blog called Performance Art13 that focused on the Toronto performance art scene from a visual art perspective. Currently, she is programming through grunt gallery, Vancouver and works as a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University, Vancouver.

Kate Barry is represented by Vtape, Toronto, Canada.


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