Duncan MacDonald is a contemporary artist from Canada who is currently based in Cairo, Egypt. He is an Associate Professor of Practice in Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo, and currently the Director of the Visual Arts program. His artworks and projects take form in diverse modes such as audio art, performance, video, music, installation, sculpture, and drawing – often exploring the corporeal sensorium and its commodification; sonic material and cultures are key to his practice as artist, academic, and educator. Recent projects have included curating, producing, and documenting the work of Egyptian contemporary artists at the American University in Cairo.
Duncan’s works and projects have been exhibited, performed and recorded throughout Canada, US, Europe, South America, and Egypt. He has presented projects at: the Sharjah Art Gallery (AUC); DARB 1718 (Cairo); the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Canada); Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille); Museu D’Arte Joinville (Brazil); Cambridge Art Galleries (Canada); Cram International (Canada); Rodman Hall Art Centre (Canada); p|m Gallery (Canada); A Mano Libera Contemporary Art Gallery (Canada); Nuit Blanche (Paris) at Bibliotheque Forney; Nuit Blanche (Paris) at Musee Cluny; Oakville Galleries (Canada); The Grimsby Public Art Gallery (Canada); WKP Kennedy Art Gallery (Canada); Andrew and Laura McCain Gallery (Canada); Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art (Canada); Centro Dragao do Mar de Arte é Cultura (Brazil), Jewel Box (Berlin), Pekao Gallery (Canada), the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax), Gale Gates Gallery (NYC), the Tranz Tech Media Festival (Canada), amongst other venues.
He has received awards and grants including three HUSSLab Global South Co-Teaching awards funded by the Mellon Foundation (AUC); a large-scale multi-year research grant taking form as MASR: Research in Egyptian Modern and Contemporary Art (AUC); a Disciplines Award for the creation of a mobile media lab (AUC); the Established Artist of the Year Award from the City of St. Catharines; an ARC Fedev Pre-Commercialization grant; five grants from the Humanities Research Institute of Brock University; the Paris Studio residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts (twice); a research and production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts; several exhibition assistance grants from the Ontario Arts Council; a co-production grant from the Centre Nationale de la Cinematographie (Paris, France); a nomination for a Sobey Art Award (top contemporary art award in Canada); and a residency at the Royal College of Art in London, England (to name a few).
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