Scott McLeod is a curator of contemporary art specializing in photography, media and digital art. Since 1999, he has been the director and curator of Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in Toronto, where he also serves as the editor and publisher ofPrefix Photomagazine, the editor of the book series Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Art and the co-programmer (with Janine Marchessault) of the Urban Field Speakers Series. In the past fifteen years, he has curated more than fifty exhibitions and authored more than forty catalogue essays and other texts for national and internationals publishers. His recent curatorial projects have included Susan Hiller’sThe Last Silent Movie, Rabih Mroué’sThe Inhabitants of Images, andRogue Waves, an extensive series of Canadian and international audio art. Upcoming curatorial projects include solo exhibitions by Andreas Fogarasi, Pascal Grandmaison and Shona Illingworth. A member of AICA Canada and IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, he lives and works in Toronto.
McLeod’s lecture focuses on the exhibition and dissemination of Canadian art. Starting with an examination of the presence – and absence – of Canadian art in international contemporary art biennials of the last ten years, he looks at some of the ways in which Canadian curators have facilitated the placement of Canadian art in biennials. Lastly, he provides a comprehensive overview of the main programming areas of Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art and offer a few examples of what Prefix has been doing both to promote the work of Canadian artists internationally and to engage with international artists and arts professionals locally.