Jessica Karuhanga is a first-generation Canadian artist of British-Ugandan heritage whose work addresses issues of cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity: illness, rage, grief, desire and longing within the context of Black embodiment.

She is the 2020 - 2021 recipient of Concordia University's SpokenWeb Artist/Curator In Residence Fellowship. Karuhanga has presented her work at SummerWorks Lab (Toronto, 2020), The Bentway (Toronto, 2019), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2018), Onsite Gallery (Toronto, 2018) and Goldsmiths University (London, UK, 2017). Currently, she is developing new works for forthcoming exhibitions at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, TANGLED Disability + Art and Museum London. Karuhanga's writing has been published by C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery and Fonderie Darling.


She has been featured in AGO's Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Border Crossings, Exclaim!, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, esse, filthy dreams, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art. She earned her BFA from Western University and MFA from University of Victoria. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada where she is part-time lecturer at Ryerson University.



Feature, Listening Feels, by jamilah malika abu-bakare, Canadian Art Magazine

Interview, xviix

Interview, Breakaway, CBC Radio



Feature, Winnipeg's WNDX Festival of Moving Image Details 2020 Edition, Exclaim!

Feature, Artist Spotlight, Art Gallery of Ontario 



Review, Queer Arts Festival's show Relational rEvolutions questions the future by Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

Feature, the new new york, i-D



Feature, Six Toronto artists pushing their city into a more progressive future, by Ashleigh Kane, DAZED

Feature, 5 best bets at Nuit Blanche, by Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

Column, McMichael gallery showcases archive of Canadian hip-hop culture, by Chris Hampton, The Globe and Mail

Review, Exhibits prob identity and vices, by Joe Belanger, The London Free Press

Review, Seeds of discontent at OCAD nature-derived art show, by Murray Whyte, Toronto Star 

Review, The Sunshine Eaters, by Liz Ikirko, PUBLIC

Review, The Sunshine Eaters, by Anna Kovler, Border Crossings

Feature, 10 Artists Who Are Taking Care, by Amber Berson, Canadian Art Magazine 

Review, all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum, by Coman Poon, C Magazine

Feature, by Adam Barbu, esse magazine


Feature, Art and HIV: This powerful public poster series is challenging how we look at the virus, by Theodore Kerr, CBC Arts

Column, Dead Tired Of Being So Bloody Positive: PosterVirus Reflects AIDS Activism Now, by Emily Colucci, filthy dreams

Interview, A Conversation with Jessica Karuhanga, by Luther Konadu, Public Parking

Interview, A Conversation with Jessica Karuhanga, by Heather-Campos Castillo, Heart-Beats

Review, The Artists Newsstand, by Emily Fitzpatrick, C Magazine

Column, PosterVirus 2016, Visual Aids


Interview, Tribal Dances of the Black Female Body, by Kofi Fosu Forson ARMSEYE






From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures, Museum London, Canada

After Care, Mitchell Art Gallery, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada   


Undeliverable, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada

Collective Offerings, Art Gallery of Guelph, Canada

Léuli Eshrāghi and Jessica Karuhanga: Projections, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

Gardenship, Museum London, Canada

Sensing, Feeling, Being, Glory Hole Gallery, Toronto, Canada                                       

Aural Alterities, SpokenWeb and CURRENT, Canada


Emotional Landscapes, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Canada

do you feel me?, The Bows, Calgary, Canada

Luminocity, Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada



Undercurrents, The Bentway, Toronto, Canada

Ground, Sheridan Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Relational Revolutions, Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada



I continue to shape, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada

our roots are here, amongst the grasses, Y+contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Inscapes, Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Canada

Sunshine Eaters, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Embodiment, Museum London, Canada



all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada
WARNING! Mind the Gap, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada


Pixelation, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Canada 
Finishing Lines, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada



25 Multiples Toward a Past and Future, Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada
Truth be Told, YBT Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Exposed, Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada
11:45, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada
It wasn't Supposed to be this way, Videofag, Toronto, Canada




#Carefree, WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, Canada



#Carefree, Long Winter, Toronto, Canada



#Carefree, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada


(Featured Performer) Lido Pimienta, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

(Featured Performer) Lido Pimienta, Polaris Prize, Toronto, Canada

ground and cover me, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canda
through a brass channel, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada
ground and cover me, OCAD University, Toronto ON

(Featured Performer) Ame Henderson and Evan Webber’s performance encyclopedia, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
#Carefree, ASSEMBLÉE, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada
#Carefree, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Carefree, Fine and Mellow, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
(Featured Performer) Christof Migone’s Mixer, The Royal Conservatory,Toronto, Canada
Boom Aura, DOORED 24, DoubleDouble Land, Toronto, Canda

Shade Shadow Spectre, Forest City Gallery, London, Canada 

A Still Cling To Fading Blossoms, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Bone Black Dust and Sky Lickers, The Drake Hotel,Toronto, Canada
A Still Cling To Fading Blossoms, Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, Canada 
The trip, the fall, and the lost heap of longing, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada

(Featured Performer) Brendan Fernandes’ Closing Line, Chance Motives, SculptureCentre, New York, NY





Ineffable Blaze (Trinity Square Video, Toronto ON)

      with Kiera Boult, Jazmine VK Carr, Danièle Dennis, Dainesha Nugent-Palache,

      Marcelline Mandeng, Aurel Haize-Odogbo and Jared Brown






Lecture: Talk & Workshop (Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroon)

Panel: Artist Talk & Opening Reception (Dunlop Art Gallery, Canada)


Lecture: Luminocity Artist Talk (Kamloops, Canada)


Panel: Mystique Afrique (Africa Salon, United Kingdom) 

Panel: TIFF Transforms: International Women's Day (TIFF, Canada)


The Unknown and Unknowable: A Conversation with Jessica Karuhanga and Nehal El-Hadi (Trinity Square Video, Canada)

Panel: Been Here So Long (The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Canada)

Lecture: Western University's ART NOW Series (Museum London, Canada)


Panel: Remembrance and Difference (Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada)

Panel: Tender Skeletons (Art Museum at University of Toronto, Canada) 

Panel: Working with Dancers in Contemporary Art Space (Blackwood Gallery, Canada) 

Moderator: The Un-Othered Body, curated by Esmaa Mohamoud (OCAD University) 

Panel: Conversations on FORCE, hosted by C Magazine (Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada)


Keynote: Archives Matter: Queer, Feminist & Decolonial Encounters (Goldsmiths, United Kingdom)


Panel: In Conversation: Her Hustle, moderated by Ariella Starkman (Soho House, Toronto, Canada) 

Lecture: Worn Dialogues: Gallery Conversations (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada) 

Panel: Exploring Black Feminine Identity (The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada) 

Panel: Black Portraitures (Harvard University and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Florence, Italy)



2020 - Present

Part-time Lecturer, Technology, Identity and Creativity, School of Media, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Part-time Lecturer, New Media Thesis Project, School of Media, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

2016 - 2020

Sessional Professor, Performance Art, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, Canada

Sessional Professor, Curation: Nature & Culture, Curatorial, Criticism and Curatorial Practices, Faculty of Art, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2017 - 2020

Board of Directors, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada 


Sessional Professor, Museum Studies, Curatorial, Criticism and Curatorial Practices, Faculty of Art, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada 

2018 - 2019

Sessional Professor, Foundations Studies in Studio, Department of Art, Culture and Media, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada 


2014 - 2015

Administrative Assistant, Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2010 - 2012

Sessional Instructor, Drawing - ART 200, University of Victoria, Canada

Studio Assistant, Noah Becker, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

AV Technician Assistant, University of Victoria, Canada        



Teaching Assistant, Foundations in Studio Art, Western University, London, Canada





Interview, Transmissions 4: American Artist, Blackwood Gallery



Essay, Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Fonderie Darling 



Feature, FrameWork 5/18: Oliver Husain, Susan Hobbs Gallery



Feature, Kapwani Kiwanga, BlackFlash Magazine

Review, Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room, New Museum, C Magazine 

Column, Artefact: Francisco-Fernando Granados, C Magazine

Writer-in-Residence, 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto, Canada




Juror: Animating Toronto Parks Grant, Toronto Arts Council

Juror: New Media Thesis Project, Ryerson University


Juror: Visual Arts Creation Projects Grant, Ontario Arts Council

Juror: Level One: Emerging Artists Grant, Toronto Arts Council




Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts Creation Projects

Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Concept to Realization

Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Project Grant


Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Media Artist Grant  
Ontario Arts Council, Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects Grant


Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts: Emerging Grant

Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Visual Artist Grant





Reader-in-Residence, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

M:ST 10 Biennale in partnership with RAVY Biennale, Yaoundé, Cameroon

​2020 S

SpokenWeb Artist-in-Residence, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

SummerWorks Lab Residencies, Toronto, Canada

The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, Toronto, Canada


7md8 On-line Residency in partnership with Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada


Artist-in-Residence, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada






Master of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, Canada 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western University, Canada