Séamus Gallagher is a lens-based artist from Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through infusing queer aesthetics with self-portraiture, video game engines, and set construction, Gallagher is interested in camp, limits of representation, and failure as a form of liberation. Their practice often takes the form of a video work, a series of photographs, installation, and occasionally VR. Their work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Fine Art of Leipzig, the Portrait Gallery of Canada, as well as the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, among others. Later in 2023, they will have their first solo museum exhibition at the McCord Stewart Museum in Montreal, as part of this year’s MOMENTA biennale de l’image.
Gallagher is the recipient of the Scotiabank 2022 New Generation Photography Award, the 2022 Nova Scotia Emerging Artist Recognition Award, and the 2019 BMO 1st Art Award. They are currently shortlisted for the 2023 Sobey Art Award, presented by the National Gallery of Canada. In the fall of 2023, they will be exhibiting their work at the NGC, representing Atlantic Canada at the annual award exhibition.