Valerie Durant is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, ceramics video and sound. She is an urban planner and designer, integrating her research based background in her practise.
Her creative process explores the interconnectivity between multiple systems and the effects of human behaviour on the natural world, considering the fluid and seemingly invisible connections between land, forests, rivers and oceans.
She received her BFA (2002) from Emily Carr University and attended Cooper Union in NYC. She holds an MA in Planning (2012) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, completing her thesis on the topic, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Forestation: The Edible Connected City https://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/26246
A Canada Council New Media Grant, Award resulted in Points and Perforations, an architectural, sound and photographic installation that explored the social and economic dynamism of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Durant conceptualized and co-curated Out of the Rain: A Project for Homelessness in Vancouver and she collaborated with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to address issues on the topics of migration and xenophobia in South Africa through the arts.
Her work has been exhibited across Canada in galleries and art institutions, as well as internationally in New York, Chicago and South Africa and is held in public and private collections locally and internationally.
She spends a good deal of her time in the forest, along the foreshore and beneath the oceans surface searching for the invisible rivers.
Portraits from the Anthropocene is an ongoing body of work and dialogue about the hidden connections and living systems
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