Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak

2019 Exhibition Artist

Lisa Steele (born in 1947, Kansas City, USA; lives in Toronto, Canada) and Kim Tomczak (born in 1952, Victoria, Canada; lives in Toronto, Canada) have worked collaboratively exclusively since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works. They have received numerous grants and awards both individually and collaboratively, the latter case including the Bell Canada Award for excellence in video art, a Toronto Arts Award, and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. They were awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, in 2009.

Learn more about Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak’s practice by listening to episode 7 of the Toronto Biennial of Art Podcast “Short Format”, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.


Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

… before I wake (2000–12) is a video triptych from Steele and Tomczak comprised of Entranced (2012), Practicing Death (2003), and We’re Getting Younger All the Time (2001). Produced over a twelve-year period, and mostly shot in the context of their domestic dwelling, these works are a meditation on the body, aging, relationships, and the […]

date and time

September 21 – December 1, 2019


Short Format Podcast Series

Short Format is a podcast series created by Aliya Pabani and Angela Shackel for the Toronto Biennial of Art. In expanding dialogues around the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, selected artists discussed their practice and processes in a series of short format podcasts and audiograms. Participating artists and collectives included Adrian Blackwell, Ayumi Goto, Caroline […]

date and time

September 21 – December 1

12:00am – 11:59pm


The Collaborative Body

“Since 1983, we have worked in relation to each other: we collaborate as artists, as administrators, as organizers, and as teachers; and we work in relation to others – in artist run centres, festivals, publications, and public institutions – in the spirit of collectivity where we share experience and knowledge and accept the same from […]