Jim Verburg is a citizen of Canada and The Netherlands. He was born in 1977 in Belleville Ontario, and currently divides his time between Montreal and Toronto. His photographic, film and video work has been exhibited, screened and published nationally and internationally. Primarily using photography, his artistic practice is mainly concerned with the complexities of relationships, intimacy, and sexuality. He currently employs the media of film, text, installation, and print to explore his love of modernist aesthetics, emotional matters, and the interpersonal. A part-time graphic designer and occasional curator, he's held positions as the artistic director of Montreal's Art Matters Festival, the codirector and curator of the VAV (Visual Arts) Gallery in Montreal, and as the director of programming at Reelout, Kingston's Queer Film and Video Festival. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal.
His second film For a Relationship screened at the 2008 Oberhausen Short Film Festival in Germany, and won the 2008 Jury Prize for the "Best Canadian Short Film" at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto. The work was also nominated for the Iris Prize in the UK. He's held residencies at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in Montreal, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In the spring of 2009 he had a solo exhibition/installation at Widmer and Theodoridis Contemporary Gallery in Zurich, and was featured by the gallery at the HOT ART Fair 2009 in Basel Switzerland. In November 2010, he is showing a video installation at the National Theatre in Prague, and working towards a solo exhibition for Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal in the autumn of 2011.