Joyan Saunders is a Canadian artist and educator who has taught at the University of California in San Diego, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, and York University in Toronto. Her videotapes have shown extensively throughout North America and Europe. Exhibition venues include New York's New Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, the American Film Institute and LACE in Los Angeles, A Space and the Power Plant in Toronto, and the Berlin International Film Festival. Her work is in the collections of the National Film Board and the National Gallery of Canada.
Joyan Saunders takes an unusual approach to the video medium, creating tapes which are akin to paintings with the element of real time. Her background in photography has no doubt played an instrumental role in the development of her unique style. Her tapes do not incorporate complex imagery in the technical sense, but focus on the use of colour, formal composition and humour to explore what she regards as a cliche ridden world. The vignettes confront the viewer with images that are slowly revealed to be somewhat more (or less) than they appear.
PUSH PUSH: Recalling the U.S. Presidential Election '00
2003, 17:43 minutes, colour, english
1996, 24:22 minutes, colour, English
Brains On Toast: The Inexact Science of Gender
1992, 23:30 minutes, colour, English
1989, 22:00 minutes, colour, English
1984, 29:00 minutes, colour, English
1984, 23:00 minutes, colour, English
1982, 14:30 minutes, colour, English
1980, 04:00 minutes, colour, English
1980, 10:00 minutes, colour, English
1980, 02:30 minutes, B&W, English
by . Queer Looking/ Queer Acting, 1997. Mount St. Vincent: Mount St. Vincent University Press, 1997.
by . C Magazine, Winter 1991, no. 28.
by . Vancouver Sun, Mar. 24 Spring, 1988.
by . Video Guide, Dec. 1988, v. 9, no. 45.
by . Art in America, July 1987, v. 75, no. 7.
by . The Globe and Mail, Sept. 17, 1982.
by . Vanguard, Summer 1981.