Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kandis Friesen is an interdisciplinary artist based in Montreal, since 2000. Working with sound, video, drawing, and installation, her practice looks at language and translation, sites of national and cultural identity, and the functionings of memory and the collective archive.

Friesen holds a BFA from Concordia University, and recently won the Images Festival's Steam Whistle Homebrew Award for the collaborative video Tape #158: Document 2B with Toronto-based artist Nahed Mansour.