Frances Adair Mckenzie

Frances Adair Mckenzie is a multidisciplinary artist originally from British Columbia. Rooted in feminism and a baroque imaginary, her work examines questions of materiality, composition and form through video installation, stop-motion animation, sculpture, and collaborative projects.

An avid experimentalist, Adair Mckenzie likes using digital technology because of its ability to disseminate, resist commodification, and access everyday life. The subversive potential of new technologies thus serves a transformative, tactile, and captivating language. 

Cogir Immobilier is the generous sponsor of Frances Adair Mckenzie’s studio for 2023. Frances Adair Mckenzie’s studio was sponsored by the generous support of Cogir Immobilier in 2022, Quebecor in 2020/2021 and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2019/2020.



Frances Adair Mckenzie is a visual artist and animator based in tiohtiá:ke or so-called Montreal. She holds a bachelor of fine art from Concordia University. Her video work has been widely exhibited internationally, most notably at the Somerset House, in London, at The MAXXI museum in Rome, and TOKAS residency in Tokyo. Frances Adair Mckenzie has exhibited at the Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides, Parisian Laundry, Centre Clark and the Satosphere (Society for Arts and Technology) in Montreal. Two animations and a stop-motion virtual reality piece have been produced by the National Film Board. Her virtual reality piece was nominated for a Prix Gémeaux, in Quebec, and won a Canadian Screen Award for best immersive fiction.

Recent exhibitions


BEDfellows, Screening, Museo Maxxi, Rome, IT 

Everything Merges, Emerges, then Fades Again, Group show, Fonderie Darling (Place Publique), Montreal 


Futur (im)parfait, group show for the 35th anniversary of Oboro, Montreal
Day of Y, crutch CAC, Toronto, ON


Les pas perdus, Le Lobe, Chicoutimi, QC
Par la forêt, group show, Musée d’Art Contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme, QC
Busy Bodies, two-person show with Veronika Pausova, Parisan Laundry, Montreal


B.M.W.Y.W., Centre Clark, Montreal
Transmundane, group show, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK


Glossed Over & Tucked Up, the fifty fifty arts collective, Victoria, BC


Les Contemporains, group show, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal