Jean-Paul Kelly is in residence as part of Delfina Foundation's thematic programme Performance as Process
Jean-Paul is a Canadian artist exploring the relationship between materiality and perception. The videos, drawings, and photographs that he makes pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found photographs, videos, and sounds from documentaries, photojournalism, and online media streams. By working through these documents, Kelly seeks to illuminate the gap between physical matter and the subjective experience of it in the world.
His work has been exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), The Power Plant (Toronto), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Scrap Metal Gallery (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), Gallery TPW (Toronto) and Tokyo Wonder Site. Recent screenings include New York Film Festival: Projections, Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, SBC Gallery (Montreal), Nightingale Cinema (Chicago), New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde, Off & Free International Expanded Cinema and Art Festival at the Seoul Museum of Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Pleasure Dome (Toronto).
Jean-Paul was a guest artist at the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He received the 2014 Kazuko Trust Award from the Kazuko Trust and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. From 2009 to 2012, Kelly was Programming Director and Curator of Trinity Square Video (Toronto).
Jean-Paul holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto (2005) and lives and works in Toronto.