BIANCA SHONEE ARROYO-KREIMES
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Shonee (born Bianca Shonee Arroyo-Kreimes) is a Canadian-Costa Rican digital media artist who sees the potential in video and speculative fiction to depict artificial life. Growing up on the edge of a jungle has fueled her practice, as she now strives to reestablish nature’s place in her life given her current status as an urbanite in Montréal. Her work wields technology as a contrasting metaphor to pin biological and technological life forms against one another, since she perceives our hesitancy to accept emerging technological life as similar to our unconscious desire to separate from the already-present other in our lives: nature. In the virtual worlds she creates, artificial creatures borrow shapes, colours, and stories from the natural world, while remaining singular. This choice is intended to inspire a newly discovered appreciation of the endangered, non-human world we too often take for granted, since her portrayals embody humankind’s seemingly objective but ultimately narrow misunderstanding of the lives of plants and animals.


EDUCATION

Concordia University / BFA Film Animation / Montréal, Canada / 2020


PRESS


COMMISSIONED
VIRTUAL REALITY / GAMES

INSTALLATIONS 
Animation / L’Exil Vaut Le Voyage (dir. Félix Dagenais
- National Film Board of Canada, Quartier des Spectacles , 2020

FEATURES / SHORTS
Animation / Art Direction / Dope Is Death (dir. Mia Donovan) - Eye Steel Film, 2019
Storyboard / Rufus Wainwright - Trouble In Paradise (Official Music Video) (dir. Mia Donovan) - 2019

EXHIBITIONS
Cuccr Residency Exhibition / Group Exhibition / Vav Gallery / Montreal, QC 2018 
Then, Now, Next: Society For Animation Studies / Group Exhibition / Montreal, QC 2018


AWARDS
2021, Concordia Merit Scholarship
2020, Degree Honors: With Distinction
2020, Orange Shirt Bursary
2020, Cinema Development Fund

RESIDENCIES

Residency / Vav Gallery / Montreal, QC / February - March, 2018
Residency / Jeunes Volontaires / Montreal, QC / September, 2018 – September, 2018
Grant / FASA / Montreal, QC  /  April, 2019


SCREENINGS
11th International Inter University Short Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladash (07/29/2019) Giraf 15 / Possible Worlds Short Pack, Calgary, Canada (09/22/2019)
Sistership TV / Episode: Blob Descending a Staircase, Ottawa, Canada (8/18/2019)
Cold Call Film Festival, Montreal, Canada (02/09/2017)
Concordia Film Festival, Montreal, Canada (05/02/2018)
Vid & Sound Bime Pro, Bilbao, Spain (10/24/2018)
FASA Film Nights, Montreal, Canada (09/18/2018)
FliQs Film Night, Montreal, Canada (04/02/2019)