Background

Gregory Gan is a filmmaker, media artist, and visual anthropologist specializing in transnational migration, material culture, and experimental media. He received his PhD at The University of British Columbia in 2019. His training as a filmmaker resulted in two acclaimed ethnographic films, Turning Back the Waves (2010), based on seven women intellectuals in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, and The Theory of Happiness (2014), in which he became a participant in a radical Ukrainian sect trying to discover happiness through mathematical formulas, and which was nominated for Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs International Film Festival. Gregory expanded his practice to encompass multimedia work, and has since toured with a mobile, interactive installation, Still Life with a Suitcase (2017-2019), where audience members were able to decide the narrative flow of the work by manipulating smart objects. 

As a visual artist, Gregory has worked and exhibited in relief printmaking, watercolour painting, and interactive art. In the summer of 2021, and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Gregory begins a postdoctoral position at the Freie Universität in Berlin, in which he plans to develop a series of watercolour paintings based on the material cultures of displaced apartment dwellers in Moscow and Berlin. Gregory lives between Toronto, Canada, and Berlin, Germany.