Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in video, audio and installation practices. Of settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi’kmaq territory and currently lives in K’jiputuk (Halifax). A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, their work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally, and was included in the Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial. In 2017, Sheppard was selected for the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award by the Hnatyshyn Foundation to complete a program that composes music based on changing concentrations of sea ice. Sheppard’s current project, a choreographic translation of the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria, will be on display during the festival in the form of A Strong Desire, an exhibition at The Khyber Centre For The Arts.