Noam Gonick

Noam Gonickʼs work shifts between film and contemporary art. His first project,
the short film “1919” (1997), was a re-visioning of the Winnipeg General Strike
seen from the perspective of a Chinese barbershop-bathhouse, included in
MoMAʼs selection of the best LGBT films from the past fifteen years. His debut
feature “Hey, Happy!” (2001), a rave film about an apocalyptic flood and a DJ
whose millennial quest is to sleep with 2000 men, was followed by the Aboriginal
street gang war movie “Stryker” (2004), now in MoMAʼs permanent collection.
“Waiting for Twilight” (1998), his biographical documentary about director Guy
Maddin, was narrated by Tom Waits and won at Hot Docs. Working with Maddin,
Noam was scenario consultant on My Winnipeg (2007). Gonickʼs work has
premiered at the Venice, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals and been
distributed in multiple territories. To Russia with Love (2014) is a documentary
about LGBT athletes at the Sochi Olympics in Russia contending with Putinʼs
anti-gay propaganda laws.
The video installation “Wildflowers of Manitoba” (2007, with Luis Jacob) is a fourscreen
live performance sculpture in a geodesic dome evoking a radical faerie
hippie utopia. The video “Commerce Court” (2008) was first projected onto the
headquarters of CIBC bank on the eve of the 2008 Wall Street crash, presenting
a stockbroker in comedic melt down. Using architectural video sculpture,
Precious Blood (2007) examined the phenomena of prisoners communicating
with their loved ones through the glass windows of their jail. His JumboTron
hazing video “No Safe Words” (2009) examines the erotics of the Abu Ghraib
torture photos and college football. Voices in Longitude and Latitude (2014),
made in collaboration with his sister the anthropologist Marnina Gonick, is an
expanded documentary-installation examining teenaged girls from disparate
backgrounds. Gonick has frequently produced video components for the work of
Anishinabe artist Rebecca Belmore.
“Winter Kept Us Warm” his first curatorial effort, opened at Parisʼ la Maison
Rouge, featuring seven decades of erotic art from Winnipeg and is the subject of
the documentary Pussyfingers Goes to Paris (2012). Working in television,
Gonick was a field director for two seasons on the reality series “Kink”, as well as
creating the comedy pilot “Retail” for Showcase.
Gonickʼs work has found a place in venues from traditional cinema and
television, public art manifestations, biennales and museums. Based in
Winnipeg, Canada, he is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the
Directors Guild of Canada on the Board of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary