John Di Stefano

John Di Stefano is a Canadian-born visual artist / filmmaker, writer, educator and curator.

John Di Stefano has exhibited internationally since 1985. His work is focused primarily in video/film, installation, photo-based and time-based media, but has also included performance, bookwork, site-specific and public art projects. Thematically and conceptually, much of his creative practice synthesizes traditions of conceptual art and documentary practices. In much of his work he examines how concepts and perceptions of memory, space/place, and time shape the articulation of subjectivities so as to reconcile the personal with the social, the everyday with history. His current research interests and projects include: examining notions of temporality and disappearance and the materiality of the temporal; the evolving and hybrid forms of documentary practices in contemporary art; and an inquiry into the essayistic form in current moving image practices.

His video work has won several awards, including the New Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and has been selected for official competition at various festivals including the Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille (FIDM). His video work has also been broadcast on American public television (PBS), and in 2001, was cited as one of the “best of the year” by the publication Artforum (New York). His video work is distributed by Video Data Bank (Chicago) and V-Tape (Toronto).