Olivia Mikolai Ridge

Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Photography

Olivia Mikolai Ridge (b. 1992) investigates systems of representation. Tracing the intersections of voyeurism and violence, she confronts media infrastructures of myth building and nostalgic fabrication. Her collaborations with the camera bring together interviews, photographic portraits, and immersive installations to trace collective desires and reimagine our roles within criminalized landscapes. Each research-based exploration builds on her professional experiences as a television extra, tour-guide, and assistant to an Ancient Greek archaeologist. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montréal where she served as the President of the Concordia Photography Collective. Most recently, she is the recipient of the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship.