Francisca Duran is a Canadian experimental media artist based in Toronto, Canada. Born in Santiago, Chile in 1967, Duran came to Canada as a refugee following the 1973 military coup
that ousted elected president Salvador Allende. This event – the experience of exile and its reckoning – is integral to her artistic practice. Duran’s moving image work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues through the aperture of the archive, both familial and public. Combining digital and analogue media, her work explores the intersection points of memory, history, politics and technology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous film
festivals, and group screenings, including HotDocs, DOK Leipzig, London International Film Festival, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and the John Hansard Gallery and Ben Russell Gallery. Her practice has been supported by research and production grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.
Duran holds an MFA in Film Production from York University (Toronto, Canada) and a BAH from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), and continues her professional development at artist-run centres such as the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Gallery 44
(Toronto). In addition to her art practice, Duran has worked as a graphic designer, as adjunct university and college faculty, and as an arts administrator. Since 1991, she has been involved with a number of artist-run cultural organizations including Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society in Vancouver, LIFT and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC).