Duke and Battersby
Cooper Battersby (b. 1971, Penticton BC) and Emily Vey Duke (b. 1972, Halifax NS) have been working collaboratively since 1994. They work in printed matter, critical writing, curation, sculpture and video. They were shortlisted for the 2010 Sobey Art Award, Canada's most prestigious award for artists under 40.Their work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals in North and South America and throughout Europe, including The Brooklyn Art Museum, The Power Plant, the Walker Center, The Banff Centre, The Vancouver Art Gallery , The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Hallwalls, The New York Video Festival, The European Media Arts Festival, Impakt, and The Images Festival. In 2011, they were Spotlight Artists at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
In his column in The Globe and Mail, RM Vaughan described their oeuvre as follows: "[Duke and Battersby's] works employ a type of educated rawness that celebrates the perverse, and the roughly crafted, but is nevertheless highly articulate and archly considered."
Their video work has won prizes nationally and internationally, and has been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Bravo. It has been collected by many university libraries, including those at Harvard and Princeton. The videos are distributed in Europe by Argos, in the US by Video Data Bank, and in Canada by V-Tape and Video Out.
Duke and Battersby teach at Syracuse University. They split their time between Lafayette NY and Beach Meadows, Nova Scotia.