Stéfy McKnight

PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies, Queen's University

Stefy McKnight
Stefy McKnight

Supervisors: David Murakami Wood and Susan Cahill (University of Calgary)



Stéphanie McKnight (Stéfy) is an artist based in Kingston Ontario. Her creative practice and research focus is policy, activism, governance and surveillance trends in Canada. Within her research, she explores creative research as methodology, and the ways that events and objects produce knowledge and activate their audience. Stéfy’s creative work takes several forms, such as installation, performance, site-specific, online and technological curatorial projects, new media and experimental photography. Recent exhibitions include "Park Life" at MalloryTown Landing and Thousand Islands for LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017, "Traces" at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, "ORGANIC SURVEILLANCE: Security & Myth in the Rural" at the Centre for Indigenous Research-Creation and "Hawk Eye View" at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Stéfy is also co-founder of "Pot-pourri: a collegiate exhibition", a graduate exhibition space for Cultural Studies students. She is curator of the Art and Media Lab at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts and has curated several exhibitions including "Judy Radul, This is Television" in 2015. Stéfy is an active member of the Kingston Arts community as past President of the Modern Fuel Board of Directors, member of CUST Steering Research Creation Committee and has worked at the Kingston Arts Council and Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Stéfy has a BFA from Nipissing University and a MA in Cultural Studies from Queen's University.


Research Interests: surveillance art; contemporary art and cultural objects; creative research as methodology; surveillance in Canada; the War on Terror; North America privacy, policy & security; non-consensual watching of non-human animals; visual and material culture.