Sandra Vida

Born in Calgary, Sandra Vida is of Scottish Celtic background. Her work over the past three decades has included photo-based collage, performance, film, video and installation. She has a background in Psychology and English as well as Art, and has exhibited and presented her inter-media work locally and internationally. She has recently focused on multi-media installation that includes aspects of sculpture, sound, video projection, and digital collage. She co-curated (with Pauline Cummins) an exhibition of video art (both screened and installation) from Ireland and Canada, called Locus Suspectus. She has appeared as a speaker and panelist at conferences and her writing has been published in national magazines and artist catalogues. In addition to her art practice, she is known for her dedication to other artists through Calgary’s artist-run centres and as volunteer, board member and advocate for the arts and arts groups. She was nominated for a Governor-General’s award in media arts, and received the Epcor Established Arts award from Calgary’s Mayor for her dedication to the Calgary arts community.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Award 2008:

Sandra Vida, visual and installation artist, filmmaker and arts administrator from Calgary.
Ron Moppett, artist, teacher, curator and gallery director, from Calgary.
Alex Janvier, painter, educator and elder, from Cold Lake.

Artist Code: 314


The Crossing Place (Central Video)

2022, 06:30 minutes, colour, English text, no dialogue

The Crossing Place (triptych)

2022, 06:30 minutes, colour, English (text, no dialogue)


2018, 04:37 minutes, colour, English (text, no dialogue)


2016, 04:11 minutes, no dialogue


2014, 05:20 minutes, colour, English (text, no dialogue)

Elegy: A Meditation on Mortality

2010, 10:15 minutes, colour, English


2007, 06:00 minutes, colour, English


2005, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Selected Installation Works 1992 - 2005

2005, 10:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Dialogue ... to be continued

1993, 17:00 minutes, colour, English

Ceremony of Ashes

1992, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

Conversation Piece

1992, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Autonomous Eye

1992, 05:10 minutes, colour, English

Angelus Intimus

1991, 14:00 minutes, B&W, English

Critical Writing

ELEGY: a meditation on mortality: Sandra Vida
by Sandra Vida and Cori Stent. ELEGY: a meditation on mortality, 2010. Calgary: Quickdraw Animation Society, 2010.
Locus Suspectus: where the hidden comes to light
by Kay Burns. Artichoke, Spring 2005, v. 17, no. 1.
Coming to Video - A Canadian Perspective
by Sandra Vida. Locus Suspectus - Where the Hidden Comes to Light, 2004. Calgary: Truck Contemporary art, 2004.
Artists' Action and the Politics of Representation
by Pauline Cummins. Locus Suspectus: Where the Hidden Comes to Light, Sept. 10, 2004. Calgary: Truck contemporary art, 2004.