Francisca Duran (M.F.A. Film York University, B.A.H. Film Studies Queen’s University) is a Toronto based experimental media artist. Her moving image work combines digital and analogue formats and explores the intersection points of memory, history, politics, authoritarianism, technology, texts and familial and public archives. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous film festivals, galleries and group screenings, and has been supported by Arts Councils.
Born in Chile in 1967, Francisca came to Canada as a refugee immediately following the 1973 military coup that ousted elected president Salvador Allende. She grew up in middle-class North Toronto and has lived in the UK, Vancouver and Kingston. Francisca has worked as a graphic designer, as adjunct faculty in GTA universities and colleges and as an arts administrator. Francisca continues to receive professional development from artist run centres like LIFT and Gallery 44.