Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Mercer Union, Witte de With, the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame, Rotterdam and Berlinale. Stratman is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Collins fellowships, a Creative Capital grant and an Alpert Award. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.
Canyon Cinema Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about independent, experimental, avant-garde and artist-made moving images. In 1967, Canyon Cinema Co-Op, an artist owned and operated film distribution cooperative, was officially incorporated as a business in San Francisco. For half a century, Canyon has served as one of the world’s preeminent sources for experimental and artist-made moving image work. Canyon Cinema 50 celebrates this legacy and the filmmakers who made it possible.