Kristina Lee Podesva is a San Francisco-based artist, writer, educator, and Editor at Fillip, a contemporary art magazine published out of Vancouver, Canada.
Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Darling Foundry (Montreal), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver), No Soul for Sale at the Tate (London), Dorsky Gallery (Long Island City), and the Power Plant (Toronto), among other venues. Her writing has been published in Fillip and Bidoun, as well as in books and catalogues such as Turn Off the Sun (2013), Waking Up from the Nightmare of Participation (2012), Vector: Critical Research in Context (2011), Recipes for an Encounter (2010), Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism (2011), and Komma: (after Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun) (2011). She has co-edited the books Institutions by Artists: Volume 1 (2012), Tradition Versus Modernity (2014), and 100% Vancouver (2011). She has taught in the Curatorial Practice MA, Visual Art MFA, and the Visual Studies programs at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, the Low Residency Masters of Applied Arts program at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, and the Critical and Pedagogical Studies MFA program at Malmö Art Academy in Malmö, Sweden.
In October 2012, she co-presented the international art conference Institutions by Artists, which convened a world congress of artists, curators, critics, and academics to deliberate, explore, and advance the common interests of artist-run centres, collectives, and cultures while catalyzing new and divergent assessments and perspectives on such phenomena today.
She holds an MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia and a BA in the College Scholar program at Cornell University. In 2013, her project with CCA alumnus Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio, Tradition versus Modernity received a Graham Foundation grant. In 2014, she edited Sur: Volume 1, a magazine published by Bom Dia Books and Guayaba Press, a publishing house operated by Ortiz Monasterio in Mexico City.