ALEESA COHENE – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The Institute for Art and Olfaction is pleased to host Canadian-born artist Aleesa Cohene for a project-based residency at the IAO. She will spend her time at the IAO re-formulating a series of scents she made relating to a past project. She will also develop a new work made from Kathy Bates’ performances, which will include scent and video components.

Residency Dates: March 7 – April 15, 2016

Artist Talk:
Thursday April 14, 6:30-8pm at IAO
Join artist Aleesa Cohene in an intimate discussion of her work with scent.


AleesaVancouver-born artist Aleesa Cohene (º1976) has been producing video installations since 2001. Her work has shown in festivals and galleries across Canada as well as in Brazil, Cambodia, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia, Scandinavia, Turkey, and the United States. Recent solo exhibitions include I Know You Know (Oakville Galleries, Canada, 2015), Yes, Angel (Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin, 2012) and (Reykjavik Photography Museum, Iceland, 2013) and Like, Like (Glasmoog Gallery, Cologne, Germany 2010); and group exhibitions Slash (kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia, 2015), Coming After (The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada 2012) and Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time (Or Gallery, Vancouver and Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada 2010-11). In 2010 she completed a fellowship at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, Germany mentored by artist/filmmaker Matthias Müller. She holds a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her single-channel videos and installation works have been presented in a wide range of media arts contexts such as Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Indonesian Independent Film-Video Festival, Jakarta; Mix New York; Light Cone, Paris; Transmediale, Berlin; and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; Impakt Festival, Netherlands; and the Danish Arts Agency, Denmark, amongst others and has won various grants and prizes. Her work is in the permanent collection of Oakville Galleries, Canada and in various private collections. Cohene currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Learn more about Aleesa Cohene’s work on her website.