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The video clip is an excerpt from a two-channel video completed in 2020, titled The Dark Season. It was filmed in Svalbard, Norway, during an art and science expedition residency that marked the beginning of the polar night. It stars many of the artists in residence whose vignetted performances dot the landscape, both real and imagined. The video work premiered at FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn in a 3-person exhibition titled Hauntings, from Feb 22nd to March 29th, 2020.
Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist in Brooklyn. Her work in video and drawing is inspired by horror film, and imagined relationships with unlikely celebrities. Many of her recent artworks star haunted figures and places, and sometimes feature casts of local actors. Solo shows include the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden, Air Circulation in New York, and Centre Clark in Montréal. Group exhibitions were held at FiveMyles in Brooklyn, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venezuela, and The New Media Gallery in British Columbia. A CBC radio documentary profiles her work, which was also reviewed in The New York Times and Canadian Art and The Transatlantic Zombie by Sarah Juliet Lauro. McDonald received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Canada Council for the Arts and regularly attends residencies in Scotland, California, Sweden, Norway, New York, and Canada.