Toronto, ON, Canada
Visual artist Naomi Harris seeks out interesting cultural trends to document through her subjects. Personal projects include "Haddon Hall" in which she followed the last remaining elderly snowbirds at a Miami Beach hotel at the turn of the millennium. This project won the FUAM Book Dummy Award and was co-published by VOID and MASA Books in September 2021; "America Swings," which documents the phenomenon of the lifestyle and was published by TASCHEN in 2008; and "EUSA," a reaction to the homogenization of European and American cultures through globalization, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2018.
In 2018 thanks to a Canada Council for the Arts’ “New Chapter’” grant Naomi embarked on a 70-day canoe trip dressed in 19th century period costume. Following the fur trader’s route in Ontario she retraced the journey British painter Frances Anne Hopkins took with her husband and the Voyagers during the 1860s in search of how, if at all, the art world has changed for women in the last 150 years. The project “I, Voyageur…In Search of Frances Anne Hopkins” is being exhibited at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery during the summer of 2022.
Other accolades include the FUAM Book Dummy Award for Haddon Hall in 2019, a Canada Council for the Arts’ “New Chapter’” Grant in 2017, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2013, a Long-Term Career Advancement Grant from the Canada Council in 2012, and the 2001 International Prize for Young Photojournalism from Agfa/Das Bildforum.
Currently Naomi is doing her Masters in Fine Arts at the University at Buffalo investigating death, dying and western society’s aversion to it for her thesis. When not in the studio you can find her walking her dog Maggie.
2017 - Canada Council for the Arts ‘New Chapter’ Grant, 2017 - Short Listed The Grand Prix Images Vevey, 2012 - New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, 2012 - Canada Council ‘LongTerm Career Advancement’ Grant, 2012 - Artist in Residence at Terra Nova National Park, 2009 - Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Grant, 2004 - World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, 2019 - FUAM Book Dummy Award for Haddon Hall in 2019
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