The Canadian Art Foundation Reel Artists Film Festival is North America's only film festival devoted to documentaries on visual art and artists.

In this video, taped on the opening night of the 2011 Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto, Katherine Knight, director of the documentary KOOP, and artist Wanda Koop join critic and urban planner Jane Perdue in conversation. The world premiere of KOOP occurred at this opening night gala, which took place on February 23, 2011.

Painter Wanda Koop makes us question how and what we see: she shows us what we missed the first time around and what remains hidden. This visionary Canadian artist recently enjoyed a 25-year career retrospective at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and National Gallery of Canada. Currently, she is preparing massive new works depicting archetypal cities and familiar yet disquieting landscapes. In Katherine Knight’s brilliant new film, we enter Koop’s world and are compelled to relate her images—in which the real and the abstract coexist—to our own frames of reference.

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