Nina Levitt

Nina Levitt is a Canadian artist working in photography, video and interactive technologies. Her practice is primarily concerned with the ways women have been imaged and imagined in popular culture. From resurrecting lesbian pulp novel covers in photographic works made in the 1980s to video installations about women in space to her recent obsession with women spies, Levitt often relies on the recovery and manipulation of existing images and texts.

A graduate of Ryerson University's Media Studies program (1980), she received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. Notable exhibitions include Dress Codes (Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1994), Space/Site/Self (Smart Museum, University of Chicago, 1998), Close Encounters (Ottawa Art Gallery, 1998), Gravity + Duet (Toronto Photographers Workshop, 1999), The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2001), Otherworldly (Federation Square, Melbourne Australia, 2007), Thin Air (Koffler Gallery, Toronto, 2008), Relay (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2008), Video Art is Queer (Toronto 2008), Headlines (Convenience Gallery, Toronto, 2009), Little Breeze (St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax 2010), Art School {Dismissed} (Shaw/Givins Public School, Toronto 2010), Being She: The Culture of Women's Health and Health Care Through the Lens of Wholeness (Women’s College Hospital 100th Anniversary 2011), Rare & Raw (Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, 2013) and Unarchive (Youngplace Artscape, Toronto 2014).

Her work has been written about in dozens of books, exhibition catalogues, reviews and essays including a feature article in Canadian Art (Spring 2009) and Parachute #100. Two monographs have been published on her work: Gravity | Duet (Toronto Photographers Workshop, 1999) and And She Was: Installations Inspired by Women in WWII (Koffler & Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2008), available from Nina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at York University.

Artist Code: 629


Thin Air (Installation Documentation)

2008, 09:30 minutes, colour, English


2008, 03:55 minutes, colour, English

Comrade Valentina

2006, 01:34 minutes



Gravity 1997-1999

1997, 03:20 minutes

Duet 1996/2014

1996, 07:45 minutes


1996, 02:20 minutes

Critical Writing

A Spy in the House of History (with apologies to Anais Nin): Nina...
by R.M. Vaughan. Canadian Art, Spring 2009, v. 26, no. 1.
Finding Camp X: Contemporary Considerations of an Enigma
by Margaret Rogers. Canadian Art, Spring 2003, v. 20, no. 1.
Nina Levitt: Divers et Differance
by Corrina Ghaznavi. Parachute, Dec. Fall 2000, no. 100.
Nina Levitt: Divers and Différance
by Corinna Ghaznavi. Parachute, Winter 2000, no. 100.
Space: The Final Frontier
by Dara Gellman. Xtra!, Nov. 4, 1999, no. 392.
Queer Art Stock-Taking
by Kim Fullerton. Xtra!, Dec. 30, 1999, no. 396.
Lesbians on the Loose
by Colin Campbell. Fuse, Spring 1987, v. 10, no. 6.
Sight Specific: A Space
by John Scott. C Magazine, 1987, no. 14.