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Cyndra MacDowall is an artist photographer who has shown across Canada, the US and the UK in artist centres and public galleries. Her work is in important public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada — Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, the University of Toronto Fraser Rare Book Collection, the Toronto Photographers Workshop Contemporary Canadian Photographs Collection, the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Community Archives Collection, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Her photographs are published in: Blackflash; Faking Death: Canadian Art and the Canadian Imagination; Site Specific: Lesbians & Representation; Photo Communiqué; Bed of Roses; The Body Politic; Xtra!; Fuse magazine; Parallelogramme; Mix magazine; Rites magazine; Noir D'Encre; Parachute; C magazine; Now; Vanguard; The Mirror; Hour; and many others.
She has a number of projects currently in production and was recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council Senior Visual Artists Grant to continue work on her camouflage project. This work concentrates on how camouflage patterns function to disrupt our perceptions of the visible and invisible as how these patterns can relate to issues of difference, community, and identity.
She completed her MFA in Photography at Concordia University, Montreal, in 1995 and her BAE (Bachelor of Art Education) at Queens in 1977.