Shannon Lewis

Toronto. Lives and works in Berlin.


The construction of power and pleasure underpin Shannon’s practice, which is primarily located in painting and fabric installation. There is constant play with absurd or sinister incongruities, to destabilize the unconscious archives of the viewer so power relations can shift. This strategy is also used to interrogate how the constructs of femininity are created, maintained and inconspicuously enforced. Collage and transparencies are purposely used to create new sexual symbols and codes outside of worn narratives from the fragments of what can still be useful. Dissident laughter runs throughout all of the work, where the narrator may be unreliable. This narrator hovers between wanting to desperately participate in the trappings of privilege and wanting to tear down the structures that provide them.


  • Education
  • 2012-2014 MFA  Goldsmiths University of the Arts, London, UK
  • 2003-2006 BFA Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
  • Solo Exhibition
  • April 2018 Shape Shifters and Other Flows, Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin Germany
  • Group Exhibition
  • 2018 Intersections: My World-My Community, Curated by Carla Garnet, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2018 Some She Recognizes, Curated by Hank Bobbit, B.U.T.C.H. Cut, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 Certain Blacks, Curated by David Evans, GSL Projekt, Berlin, Germany
  • 2017 Loving Blackness, Curated by Jaishri Abichandani, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 2017 Golden Brown Girls: Lanais Love and Lies, Curated by Katharina Koch and Dorothea Nold, Alpha Nova Galerie Futura; as part of
  • Transmediale Vorspiel program, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 My Future Nonidentity Will..., Tête Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 Nesting: The Makings of Home, Curated by Chinedu Ukabam Joan Mitchell Foundation, New Orleans, LA USA
  • 2014The City, performance in collaboration with artist Indrani Ashe, Curated by Run Collective, Harts Lane Studios, London, United Kingdom
  • 2014 Goldsmiths MFA Graduate Show, London, UK

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