Dan Starling


Dan Starling is an interdisciplinary artist who works with print media and film. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC he holds a Meistershuler from the Städelschule, Frankfurt and has previously taught at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and NSCAD University.

As a settler inhabiting the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, he dedicates his research based practice to the deconstruction of Western Art as an “immanent critique” of mainstream paradigms. His work attends to how strategies of intervention, extrapolation, repetition and recombination of existing narratives serve to challenge the myths necessary to maintaining the status quo. How art can create friction to rupture and de-stabilize normative narratives; How art can leap into the past to re-situate present cultural, social, and political configurations; How art’s speculative fictions open the door to an equitable future.

Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Burnaby Art Gallery (2022), The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City YT (2021), Wil Aballe Art Projects & VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver (2018). His published books include The Chorus (Western Front, 2018) and The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory (New Documents, 2014). His work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, notably at Kunsthall Oslo, Kunstverein Frankfurt, M HKA Antwerp, Confederation Centre PEI, Malaspina Printmakers, Cinematheque, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His work has also received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council and he was a long list finalist for the Sobey Art Award in 2014.