John Di Stefano is an artist, videomaker, writer and curator. Before undertaking his role as Associate Professor at Sydney College of the Arts, Dr Di Stefano was Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Fine Arts at Massey University (Wellington), Head of the Video Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Postgraduate Coordinator at the National Art School (Sydney). He has also been a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the University of California, and Victoria University of Wellington.
Dr Di Stefano’s exhibition career spans over 20 years. His studio work is focused primarily in video, photo-based and time-based media, and installation, and has also included performance, bookwork, site-specific and public art projects. His video work has won several awards, including the New Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and has been selected for official competition in international festivals including the Festival International du Documentaire (Marseille), as well as having been broadcast on American public television (PBS). His video HUB, was cited as one of the ‘best of the year’ by Artforum (New York) in their international survey. His gallery-based work has been exhibited internationally in North America, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. His bookworks VITALITY (1988) and Unfold (2011), were published by Artextes Press (Montréal) and Enjoy Public Art Gallery (Wellington) respectively.
Dr Di Stefano’s critical writings have appeared in various international journals and publications including Art Journal (New York), and Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) for which he is also a contributing editor. His curatorial projects include Satellite (Shanghai), Open Cities (Hong Kong/Chicago) and Not On Any Map (Chicago), in addition to programming for the DocNZ Film Festival and the Los Angeles International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival. He has been the co-convenor of the biennial Expanding Documentary conference (New Zealand), and has been on the editorial committee of the publication Illusions- Journal of Moving Image and Performance Criticism (New Zealand), in addition having served on the advisory board of the Museum of Modern Art-China. He has chaired numerous sessions at international conferences including the College Art Association (USA), and the Art Association of Australia & New Zealand. His video work is distributed by Video Data Bank (Chicago) and V-Tape (Toronto). Dr Di Stefano is currently the New Zealand Editor/Contributing Editor for the publication Art Asia Pacific (Hong Kong/New York).