Announcing the Five Winners of the 2020 Emerging Digital Artists Award


Clockwise from top left: Shaheer Tarar, ASCII Earth, 2020 (with EDAA logo); Lisa Smolkin (photo: Halloway Jones); Kanika Gordon (photo: Justine Nelson); Alison Postma (photo: Nick Vo); Jawa El Khash; Camila Salcedo

Announcing the Five Winners of the 2020 Emerging Digital Artists Award

EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video are pleased to announce the five winners of the 2020 Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA), Canada’s major award for critical experimentation in digital media.

For the first time ever, all five shortlisted artists will receive a $5,000 prize for their outstanding works of digital media. As in-person events and ceremonies are being reevaluated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EDAA is one of many arts programs around the world who are reimagining how we celebrate artists during this time. The 2020 edition of the EDAA will award each artist a grand prize in lieu of announcing a single winner at a private awards ceremony.

The EDAA was established in 2015 in recognition that artists working exclusively in virtual space faced their own unique challenges. With the increased uncertainty that emerging artists are contending with in this moment, the 2020 prize celebrates and honours a greater number of creators for their exceptional screen-based works, which are more relevant than ever. The decision to alter this year’s award was inspired in part by the bold actions set forth by other major art awards, both in Canada and internationally, who shifted their structure for this year to better serve the needs of artists during this unprecedented time.

The 2020 EDAA Winners are:
Jawa El Khash
Kanika Gordon
Alison Postma
Camila Salcedo
Lisa Smolkin

Five stand-out works were selected for their originality in approach and nuanced inquiry into the concerns of digital space. The artists are being celebrated for not only creating bold new visual languages with digital technologies, but also tackling rich subject matter within the digital realm and drawing deep connections between the “virtual” and “IRL.” Learn more about each artist and their award-winning work here.

The 2020 EDAA received its highest number of submissions to date, with over 100 works of digital media by emerging artists from across the country. The shortlist was determined by a panel of guest judges—artist/curator Adrienne Crossman, game developer/scholar Maize Longboat, and artist/curator Philip Leonard Ocampo—in collaboration with Emily Fitzpatrick, Artistic Director at Trinity Square Video, and Shannon Linde, Art Curator at EQ Bank.

In addition to a $5,000 prize, each artist receives a one-year Production Membership to Trinity Square Video. The five award-winning works will be presented in a group exhibition at Trinity Square Video, as well as online, September 11-October 3, 2020.

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Trinity Square Video is a space to re-imagine media arts. As video-based practices have become increasingly present across disciplines, Trinity Square engages artists and curators in critical investigations into the changing conditions of perception, materiality, and the virtual.

EQ Bank provides state-of-the-art digital banking services. As a future-ready bank, fostering innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We firmly believe in the benefits of open banking, and continue to invest in technology that serves the changing and growing financial needs of Canadians.

For media inquiries and more information, please contact:
Shannon Linde, Art Curator, Equitable Bank
(647) 600-7661 |