A self-identified radical who fulfils his own description and enjoys the edgy side of partisan and sexual politics, Noam Gonick is one of Canada’s most consistently prolific and inventive art producers. Since 1998 with his first short film, 1919, based on the legendary Winnipeg General Strike, Gonick has produced numerous short films, a feature documentary, Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight, two feature-length films and highly successful installations, always consistent with his questioning and alternate sensibility. The installation, Wildflowers of Manitoba, 2007 was a queer idyll offering utopic possibilities under Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome. No Safe Words, 2009, was a homoerotic play on sexual limits with the sinister double reading of American torture techniques. Stryker, 2004, a feature-length film was set in the core of Winnipeg and looked, without looking away, at racially delineated gangs, prostitution, drugs and poverty. Gonick has worked collaboratively with Toronto artist Luis Jacob and with Anishinaabe performance artist Rebecca Belmore.
Winnipeg-born, Noam Gonick is a filmmaker, writer, curator and artist. He has directed documentary and feature-length films which have been screened at the Venice and Sundance Film Festivals. He has lectured at the Serpentine Gallery in London and is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Helen and Morris Belkin Gallery at the University of British Columbia and the National Gallery of Canada. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.