Vera Frenkel

Vera FRENKEL (1938, Czechoslovakia) was born in Bratislava and is currently a Toronto-based artist, acclaimed for her works in video, installation, new media and performance. She addresses themes of human migration, cultural memory, language, and bureaucracy. Frenkel began working in video in the late 1970s. By the 1990s, Frenkel was experimenting with video installation and Web art. Among a list of several awards and honours, 2013 marked the release of the first major survey of her work, a monograph of 312 pages, edited by Professor Sigrid Schale and published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.


String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City Video (1974, instal), Signs of a Plot: A Text, True Story & Work of Art (1978), The Secret Life of Cornelia Lumsden: A Remarkable Story (1979, instal), The Last Screening Room: A Valentine (1984, short), The Business of Frightened Desires: Or the Making of a Pornographer (1985, instal), Attention: Lost Canadian (1986 instal), This is your Messiah Speaking (1990-91, instal), ...from the Transit Bar (1992, instal), Body Missing (1994, instal), The Institute™: Or What We do To Love (2003, instal), Once Near Water: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive (2008, instal), The Blue Train (2012, instal)