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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. She explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity and embodiment through her practice.

​She was the 2020 - 2021 recipient of Concordia University's SpokenWeb Artist/Curator-in-Residence Fellowship. Karuhanga has exhibited her work at Mitchell Art Gallery (Edmonton, 2022), the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, 2021), Varley Art Gallery (Markham, 2020), The Bentway (Toronto, 2019), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2018) and Onsite Gallery (Toronto, 2018). She has performed at Remai Modern (Saskatoon, 2023), Pallas Art Projects (Dublin, IE, 2022), WNDX Festival of Moving Image (Winnipeg, 2020), Long Winter (Toronto, 2019), Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, 2018), Cooper Cole Gallery (Toronto, 2017), Goldsmiths University (London, UK, 2017) and DoubleDouble Land (Toronto, 2016). 


C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Blackwood Gallery, and Fonderie Darling have published Karuhanga's writing. 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 the University of Victoria. She is an Assistant Professor at Western University (London, ON).



Master of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, Canada 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western University, Canada




Blue as the insides, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Canada




of many worlds in this world, ArtLab, Western University, Canada



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



Forthcoming, LIVE Biennale, Vancouver, BC, Canada

ground and cover me, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

ground and cover me, FAAS7, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury, ON, Canada

ground and cover me, Sarajevski Otvoreni Centar, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

ground and cover me, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University, London, ON, Canada


ground and cover me, Pallas Art Projects, Dublin, Ireland

ground and cover me, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK, Canada


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



#Carefree, Long Winter, Toronto, ON, Canada



#Carefree, The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada


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

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

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

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

Shade Shadow Spectre, Forest City Gallery, London, ON, Canada

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

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



Conversation: Jessica Karuhanga and Sheri Nault, Expanding Horizons Conference (Dept. of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Western University, Canada)

Panelist: Women and Colonization, Confluences Conference (Museum London, Canada)

Panelist: Black Art/Black Canada (Royal Ontario Museum, Canada)

Lecturer: Artist Talk (Queer City Cinema + Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada)

Lecturer: Artist Talk (Queer City Cinema + Department of Visual Arts, Western University, Canada)


Panelist: Queer City Cinema (Dunlop Art Gallery, Canada)



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

Conversation: Jessica Karuhanga and Nehal El-Hadi (Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts, Canada)


Lecture: Luminocity Artist Talk (Kamloops, Canada)


Panelist: Mystique Afrique (Africa Salon, United Kingdom) 

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


2017 - 2020

Board of Directors, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Canada      


2022 - Present

Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Department, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University, London, Canada


2022 - 2022

Sessional Professor, Performance Art, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada


2020 - 2022

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


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 




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



Juror: Toronto Arts Council



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




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

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


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


Museum London, London, Ontario, CA

National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, US




Interview, American Artist, Blackwood Gallery



Essay, Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Fonderie Darling 



Feature, Oliver Husain, Susan Hobbs Gallery



Feature, Kapwani Kiwanga, BlackFlash Magazine

Review, Simone Leigh, C Magazine 

Column, Francisco-Fernando Granados, C Magazine

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



Interview, Jessica Karuhanga navigates space through performance, Remai Modern Currents


Feature, Say Hello to Fall on CBC: There's plenty to keep you entertained, CBC

Feature, From Bros to Bowie, 10 reasons this will be the queerest TIFF ever, CBC

Feature, Jessica Karuhanga, "ground and cover me", Institutional Model

Interview, Performance, Dublin Art Life

Feature, Queer City Cinema presents Qualeidoscope: Queer Film and Performance on tour, GCN


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


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