Hannah, a white woman, wears a red cowboy hat and leopard print coat in front of a mustard-coloured crushed velvet backdrop.


Hannah Quimper-Swiderski is an artist and curator from Edmonton-amiskwaciwâskahikan. Using combinations of performance, digital and analog video, and more recently, sculpture and puppets, their work often explores concepts of identity and performativity, referencing her adolescence in small-town Alberta.

Hannah has shown work in venues such as the Edmonton International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53, and Mile Zero Dance. They also have a background in theatre, having been raised in the community theatre scene in rural Alberta and trained at the Foote Theatre School in Edmonton and Second City in Toronto. Hannah completed her BFA at the University of Alberta in 2019. Most recently, they co-curated THE MALL at the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery in 2023.


Within my practice I explore concepts of gender performativity, identity and the body as a contextually loaded form. Within my video, photo and performance work, I often perform as characters, exploring my own identity through personas and visual identities found within b-movies, late night television, and advertising. These range from the otherworldly (magicians, clowns), to the archetypal (cowgirls, news anchors, movie stars), to the inanimate (cans of Lucky Lager, Black Ice car freshener). I am drawn to the behind-the-scenes, often referencing the film set itself, focusing on the constructed nature of the characters and their worlds or the process of creating the work. Through this re-presentation of reality, I aim to reveal the uncanny within the real.

Over the past couple of years, my work has become more personal, reflecting my own experiences growing up as a queer person in small-town Alberta. Through combinations of live performance, video, and more recently, sculpture and puppets, I am exploring my complicated relationship with my own identity, playing with performance within real and constructed spaces and referencing the tenderness and discomfort of my formative years.


b. 1996 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2019 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, with a focus on intermedia and printmaking
2022 - Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management, MacEwan University

2020 - The Prime of My Life - Mile Zero Dance
2017 - i have lived on other worlds before - Mile Zero Dance
2015 - Six Months - #417, 4240 106 St

2021 - The Horizon of Being - Mile Zero Dance's RV There Yet Series
2021 - Hot Mustard - Nextfest Arts Festival
2019 - Imitation Crab - Parallel Space
2019 - Nice to Meet You - FAB Gallery, University of Alberta
2018 - AND A BABY - Latitude 53
2018 - Redefining Intermedia - University of Alberta
2018 - Anthropocities - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Cities and Climate Change conference, Shaw Conference Centre and Rutherford Library
2017 - Define Intermedia - University of Alberta
2017 - Hope & Fear - Rutherford Library, University of Alberta
2014 - 35 - Art Gallery of Alberta
2013 - Joe & Claire - Official selection of the Edmonton International Film Festival

2023 - THE MALL - The John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, Co-curated with Carolyn Jervis
2018 - Shifting Landscapes - Latitude 53, garage space
2017 - Define Intermedia - University of Alberta, Co-curated with Amanda Chwelos
2017 - Thaw - Latitude 53, garage space
2016 - In Motion - Mile Zero Dance
2016 - Rebirth - Latitude 53, Co-curated with Jacob Bos

2018 - 2019 - President, Visual Arts Students Association (VASA), University of Alberta
2016 - 2018 - Artistic director, Kids4Cameras
2016 - 2017 - Communications committee member, Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE)

2023 - Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ (AFA) 50th Anniversary Micro-Grant
2018 - Natalka Horeczko Scholarship in Painting and Print-Design
2014 - Leduc Foundation Media Arts Award
2014 - Rain or Shine - Third place at Exposure Film Festival & Photography Exhibit
2013 - Joe & Claire - Winner of the high school short film award at the Edmonton International Film Festival
2013 - Joe & Claire - First place at Exposure Film Festival & Photography Exhibit
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