Midi Onodera is a Japanese-Canadian artist born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making films and videos for over thirty years. Her work explores social constructions of sexuality, gender, race and culture. She has over twenty-five independent short films to her credit as well as a theatrical feature film and an abundance of short videos. Her recent works feature a collage of formats and mediums ranging from 16mm film to analogue video to digital video and “low end” digital toy formats such as a modified Nintendo Game Boy Camera, the Tyco and Lego video cameras. From 2006 to 2010, Midi has made over 430 online videos or “Vidoddles” for projects that include: A Movie A Day, Movie of the Week and Baker’s Dozen.
Midi’s work have been critically recognized and have been included in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally. Some highlights include the Andy Warhol Museum, the International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Bilbao, Spain; the Rotterdam International Film Festival; the Berlin International Film Festival; the National Gallery of Canada and a number of screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has had a number of retrospective screenings including: Inside/Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival; Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin; the Toronto ReelAsian Film Festival; and the Asian American Film Festival, U of Madison. Her work is also available in a number of university and college libraries in Canada, the United States and Japan.
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