Artist Talk with Jean-Paul Kelly

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – 7 PM
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

Plug In ICA welcomed the perceptive and provocative artist Jean-Paul Kelly to Winnipeg. Kelly introduced the complexity of his working process and research methods through a visual discussion of his work.

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7pm, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presented an artist talk by Jean-Paul Kelly. As an introduction to Kelly’s solo exhibition, That ends that matter, the artist spoke about the trajectory of his art practice and how it has led him to the three-channel video installation which opened at Plug In ICA on Thursday, January 24. Born in London, Ontario and based out of Toronto, Kelly has over the last decade traversed through a body of work that has grown to include drawings, found images, animation, sound, photography and video all of which variably address the unstable ideas of truth within documentary frameworks.

That ends that matter was the first presentation of Jean-Paul Kelly’s work in Winnipeg and in the prairies. He has extensively exhibited and screened works across North America and Europe including Delfina Foundation (London), Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (Saint-Jérôme), CGP London: Dilston Grove, Oakville Galleries, Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), The Power Plant (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), and Gallery TPW (Toronto). Screenings include: Canada House (London), Courtisane Festival (Ghent), Vdrome, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. He has held artist residencies at the ISCP (New York) and Delfina Foundation; and was a guest artist at the 2018 Brakhage Center Symposium and the 2013 Flaherty Seminar. Kelly received the 2015 Images Festival Award, the 2014 Kazuko Trust Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

This talk is available in our online video archive.

Associated Programming:

  • Opening Reception for That ends that matter on Thursday, January 24, 7-10pm
  • Tournée guidée en français Samedi 16 février par Evin Collis
  • Respondent Series Screening, Bonjour aux amis de calamité curated by Jean-Paul Kelly on Thursday, March 7; 7pm
  • Curatorial Tour by Jenifer Papararo Saturday, March 9; 3pm


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.

Production of That ends that matter was made possible through funding support of Ontario Arts Council with additional research support from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Kuzuko Trust Award and Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters.

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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Please note: The exhibition That ends that matter contained explicit sexual and violent material, and might not be suitable for all ages. Please use discretion.

Image: Jean-Paul Kelly, B.A.A.D.C., water-cut cold-rolled steel, approx. 3.5 x 9 inches, 2016 as part of That ends that matter, three-channel video installation and mixed media.