Heidi Barkun is an artist and now currently master’s candidate in Visual and Media Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) with concentrations in Creation and in Feminist Studies. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University.

In her art, Barkun explores the constructions of identity through a transdisciplinary practice, seen through a feminist and scientific lens. The focus on infertility in her current work is the result of reflections following over six years of unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization. 

Barkun has received numerous grants such as travel grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Faculty of Arts at UQÀM. Barkun is the 2018 recipient of the Claude-Courchesne grant for excellence in the Visual and Media Arts Master’s program, the Anita-Caron/Institut de recherches et d’études feministes grant (2017-2018), and the FARE (Fonds à l’accessibilité et à la réussite des études) grant for academic excellence in graduate studies at UQÀM (2017-18).

In August 2018, Barkun will present her research on identity, in vitro fertilization, and failure at the 8th International Congress of Feminist Studies in the Francophonie (CIRFF) at Université Paris-Nanterre.

Her artworks have been exhibited in Canada and Venezuela and are included in several public and private collections, notably The National Bank of Canada, The Senvest Collection and AVMOR.
 
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