Cheryl Pagurek

Cheryl Pagurek is a photo-based and video artist born and currently living in Ottawa, Canada.

By recording her own observations of natural phenomena, and combining them with found footage ranging from old family movies to archival films and contemporary military tracking footage, she creates multi-layered amalgams of differing spaces, times, narratives and perspectives.

She received a BFA from Queen’s University (1990) and an M.F.A. from the University of Victoria (1992). Her work has been shown extensively in exhibits across Canada, including Art Souterrain (Montreal), Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Patrick Mikhail Gallery (Ottawa), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), Ottawa Art Gallery, Gallery 44 (Toronto), Vu Photo (Québec), Eastern Edge (St. John’s), Floating Gallery (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), and in the US at Woman Made Gallery (Chicago). Additional screenings include the Festival of (In)appropriation (Los Angeles), Vidéos de Femmes dans le Parc (Montreal), FEMINA - International Women's Film Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Traverse Vidéo Festival (Toulouse), STEM Cell 2010: Sub Terranean Edmonton Media Arts Festival, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film (Durham Art Gallery), and Persistent Vision: Passages (Ottawa Art Gallery).

She produced a commission for Prefix Photo magazine in 2004 and was a finalist for the 2005 Karsh Award for photo-based work. She was awarded a commission by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program to create Currents, her permanent LED video display for the Market Place Transit Station, installed in 2011. In 2012 she participated in Ottawa’s inaugural Nuit Blanche with Flashcards, a collaborative video installation. Her work is in several collections including Foreign Affairs Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Library of the National Gallery of Canada, Cenovus Energy Inc., the Ottawa Art Gallery and the City of Ottawa, and has been written about in Canadian, American and British publications, including Ciel Variable, BlackFlash, Vie des Arts, Canadian Art online, Next Level (UK), and Afterimage: Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. She has received grants from the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Growing Pains

2009, 22:53 minutes, Colour, English


2008, 04:39 minutes, colour, English


2007, 08:23 minutes, colour, English (with Yiddish)

Critical Writing

Surveillance in Suburbia: High Vaue Targets
by Judith Parker. Afterimage, 2010, v. 37, no. 6.
Artist Explores Jewish immigrant experience in poignant exhibition
by Michael Regenstreif. Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, Dec. 3, 2007.