Veronica Mockler

Pavillon
Artist-in-Residence at Maison des Artistes (Winnipeg, MA) for community-based creation.
The Address
Series of citizen ethno-documentary performances about the right to housing.
Listening to Nati
Ongoing documentary work on the public representation of Nati's story and sexual violence activism.
Les Interprètes
Video performances featuring the daily thoughts of 16 newly arrived teenagers.
Athléimneacht
Oral history project on the lives and resilience of Susana Hennessey and Bobby Lavery.
Rivières
Documentary performances featuring eight residents who live and work in Côte-des-Neiges.
The Left Point
Experiment on ideological disagreement in Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK).
Canvassers
Video performance on the political potential of impromptu face-to-face personal story sharing.
Chronique d'un été
A cinéma-vérité critique of a specific white Québecois youth demographic.
L'aparté
The artist places a camera in front of eight randomly chosen people.
Spending Time With Nadia
Relational work in which the artist spends time with a women she does not know.
23 / 03 / 2014
Ongoing performance in which participants and the artist answer a personal question publicly.
Listing 02
Performance by the artist about who she is and who she is not as a human being.
23 / 11 / 2013
Ongoing performance in which participants and the artist answer a personal question publicly.
Listing 01
Performance by the artist about who she is and who she is not as a human being.
Love Me Love Me Say That You Love Me
Three-channel video on our expanding need for validation.
Le Premier Cycle
Video study concerning the random nature of privilege.
The Persona
Three part performance series that explores partying as a persona.
Exhibiting Concern / Two Studies
Two video studies that question the act of being seen and its gendered experience.

Artist-in-Residence at MAVF in Winnipeg

Tune in to listen to Mockler's interview with CBC on her creative process during her residency at la MAVF. Mockler is conducting community-based research-creation with a group of 11 francophones living in Winnipeg.

Article by URBANIA on work presented in The Triangle

URBANIA Magazine interviews the artist and her collaborator Sofia Blondin on the research that led to the creation of their series of ethno-documentary performances that opened on May 25, 2019.

Article in La Presse after The Address's première

Honoured to have Head the Investigation Katia Gagnon at La Presse write an editorial piece on our work The Address. Gagnon has been covering the housing situation in Montreal for years.

The Address opens in The Triangle

Mockler has been working on an ethno-documentary performance on housing rights for the past year. Come and witness the creative outcome of her collective Visible's investigation and meet actual citizens who have been involved in - and affected by - the crisis.

Live radio interview with Visible on CBC Montreal

Tune in on CBC Radio Montreal on May 23, 2019 at 6PM to hear Sofia Blondin and Veronica Mockler's live interview about upcoming work on Housing Rights in Côte-des-Neiges borough.

Mockler and Blondin (Visible) are interviewed by Raymond Desmarteau on ICI Radio-Canada

The two women artist were interviewed on ICI Radio-Canada on their upcoming immersive documentary performance entitled The Address.

Interview with Nora Rosenthal from Cult MTL

The artist was interviewed by art critic Nora Rosenthal on her work Les Interprètes and her approach to participatory art. The full interview can be found in Cult MTL's monthly printed issue.

Live radio interview on CBC Montreal

The artist will be live on Homerun with Sue Smith who will interview Mockler on her most recent iteration of piece Les Interprètes and work behind her show in Maison de la Culture.

Performance in Maison de la Culture in Montreal

Les Interprètes opens on April 10, 2019 in Maison de la Culture du Plateau. This work by Mockler is a live nonfiction piece that goes against current documentary treatments that gratuitously victimize and exploit the narratives of folks who have undergone migration.

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Veronica Mockler and Centre Turbine explored the role of art in the workspace. No further information can be shared at this time.

Workshops with Immigration State Workers

The artist was invited to facilitate a series of workshops with a group of public servants who work in the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion. With the group, Mockler investigated performance and conceptual art.

Active Perspective-Taking with Veronica Mockler

Mockler is facilitating an «Active Perspective-Taking in Art» workshop part of Third Shift Festival this upcoming August. Join her for this free and politically transformative performance-based exploration.

Workshop with Mockler on cyber self-representation

The artist facilitated a workshop with 11-year-olds on the theme of online self-representation. Organized by Millimètre Second in MediaLibrary of Montarville, Mockler and the group explored storytelling and agency in cyberspace.

Performance piece on the Right to Housing wins First Prize

The artist's work entitled The Address (made in collaboration with theatre artist Sofia Blondin) wins the Patron of the Arts First Prize administered by the Montreal Arts Council.

Artist Affiliate at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

Mockler is now an affiliate artist at COHDS. The Centre brings together hundreds of researchers, artists, students, educators and community-based organizations.

Artist-in-Residence with Videographe Montreal

The artist will be starting a production residency with Vidéographe in Montreal as of 2019 to produce her new relational performance video work entitled Forum.

14-page spread interview in WCM Berlin / Special Edition

Mockler discusses her work and practice with Women Cinema Maker in Berlin, Germany. Go to following link for full article: https://issuu.com/women-cinemakers/docs/vol.23/98

Les Interprètes in Funambules Média Festival

Les Interprètes is back again in Montreal. Teenagers Zahia, Farah and Sarah share their personal stories with the public and present the performance work the've created with Mockler during her residency in their classroom.

Commission by Amplifier Ethnographers

Visible has been commissioned performance art piece on the housing situation of Côte-des-Neiges. The two women artist have started their interview-based research with tenants, property owners, developers, inspectors, activists, and more.

Les Interprètes in Cinéma Sous les Étoiles

A segment of Les Interprètes was presented in Festival Cinéma Sous les Étoiles. The performance featured three of the 16 teenagers with whom the artist collaborated earlier this year.

Mockler is showing Canvassers in Third Shift

Canvassers has been selected in Third Shift Festival. Organized by Third Space Gallery in Saint-John NB, this public screening will take place at the end of August 2018.

Six-week residency comes to an end!

Mockler finishes up her residency with Centre Turbine in Montreal Jeanne-Mance High School. The artist worked with a group of 16 teenagers and created a series of performances with them in which they address their daily thoughts and experiences.

Mockler selected in Women Cinema Maker (Berlin, Germany)

Women Cinema Makers in Germany interviewed Mockler on her work entitled Chronique d'un été for their Special Edition featuring 10 women artist from around the world.

Artist-in-Residence

Mockler is an Artist-in-Residence at Centre Turbine. Mockler will be conducting research-creation with 16 teenagers who are newly arrived to Canada. Centre Turbine is an art pedagogy organization dedicated to bringing current art practices into communities.

Feature in Thought-Provokers Series

Mockler is featured artist in Boston Voyager's Thought-Provokers Series. Check it out the article: bostonvoyager.com/interview/art-life-veronica-mockler

Rivières draws hundreds of Montrealers to CDN

Rivières opened on December 15, 2017 and featured eight citizens living in the Côte-des-Neiges borough of Montreal. Hundreds of Montrealers showed up to this series of live documentary performances created by Visible (co-founded by Mockler and Sofia Blondin).

Fellowship to travel to Ammerman Centre

Mockler receives the Independent Fellowship by Centre for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity that awards artists/scholars who demonstrate excellence in their work, and a commitment to their careers and artistic communities.

Weekly column on CISM 89.3 Les Étangs d'art

The artist is now a weekly columnist on contemporary art radio show Les Étangs d'art alongside fellow artist Florencia Sosa Rey and journalist Pierre de Montvalon.

Co-founder of Visible

Visible (founded by Sofia Blondin & Veronica Mockler) highlights the power of citizen expression through performative and diversified gatherings. Documentary processes are at the basis of their work in which individuals are invited to express and represent themselves.

Canvassers in Arts & Tech Biennial

Canvassers will be part of Intersections, the 16th Biennial for Arts and Technology at the Ammerman Center (CT, USA). Mockler will be attending the Biennial to present her work in Future Perfect exhibition curated by Nadav Assor.

Digital Storytelling project in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The artist is heading to Belfast to start a research-creation oral history project with, and about, Susana Hennessey (retired Health and Social Justice Educator and her husband Bobby Lavery (sentenced Republican Long Kesh prisoner and elected official).

Official Selection at GSTAAD

Mockler's Chronique d'un été is representing Canada alongside works from Lisa Birke and John Graham in GSTAAD Art Film Festival. This biennial Swiss competition is this year taking place in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Donating a work to Galerie Galerie Digital Art Auction

Donating a work to Galerie Galerie for their first Digital Art Auction on August 31, 2017. The exhibition and auction event will take place in Eastern Bloc (Montreal). Encourage this pioneering cyber-based art space and the up-and-coming artists they represent.

Rivières receives Theatre Engaging Communities Program (TEC) funding!

Rivières (series of citizen documentary performances) receives funding from TEC for its artistic innovation in building ties with the community.

Interviews in the community of Côte-des-Neiges

Mockler and theatre artist Sofia Blondin have completed their first month of interviews and research in Côte-des-Neiges borough of Montreal. Resulting in a series of citizen documentary performances, this project is part of the city's 375th anniversary initiative.

Screening of The Left Point in Dazibao (Montreal)

Dazibao is screening The Left Point alongside the work of Anna Hawkins as part of their artist-talk series This is not a lecture. This event is part of Kathryn Elkin's solo exhibition entitled Television, curated by France Choinière and LUX UK.

Canvassers is going into distribution!

Canvassers (video-performance) is going into distribution with Vidéographe. Established in 1971 in Montréal, Vidéographe is a Canadian artist-run centre dedicated to the research and dissemination of moving image practices.

Solo show opening in Redding Flagg Gallery (Toronto, Canada)

Mockler's video-performance entitled Canvassers is premiering on February 14, 2017 in Redding Flagg Gallery. The work is presented in an exhibition project imagined by curator Christophe Barbeau.

Solo exhibition in POP Espace Montreal

Chronique d'un été premiered on April 27, 2016 in solo show at POP Espace Montreal. Exhibition statement was written by author Nick Williams (The Mountains They Will Crumble).

Artist Statement

I work with people to present their reality to audiences in order to socially challenge these audiences. I hope to fill part of the gap that technology creates between real human connection and virtual media connectedness. I believe that having real people share real stuff in front of other real people is Art because it is an action that can socially transform all parties involved, i.e. folks who self-affirm themselves in the artwork, the engaged audiences and myself, the artist. I develop projects in and out of the gallery space by addressing social biases in the white cube and by summoning sheltered audiences into different communities and realities. I personally hold any art production socially accountable and thereby dedicate my practice to the overthrow of rigid conservatism and capitalism. I am attempting to put my privilege as a white Canadian cis and straight woman artist to good use by creating work that can serve the agency of other people, as well as mine. I am always looking for new collaborative opportunities.

Biography

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Veronica Mockler was born in Quebec City in 1991. She graduated with Distinction from Concordia University (BFA Studio Arts) in 2015 after studying abroad in the Republic of Ireland to complete her degree. Mockler has since been based in Montreal where she lives and works as a professional artist making social and relational art. Her pieces have been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals, namely: Women Cinema Makers (Berlin, Germany), Intersections Biennial of Art and Technology (New London, CT, U.S.A.), Gstaad International Art Film Festival (Montevideo, Uruguay), Redding Flagg Gallery (Toronto, ON, Canada), La Biennale Manif. d’Art Internationale (Québec, QC, Canada), ATSA at Place des Arts, Cinéma Sous les Étoiles, Eastern Bloc, Vidéographe, Dazibao, Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal (Montreal, QC, Canada), and more. Supported by the Acts of Listening Lab, her new project explores the Creation of Applied Performance Art for Citizen Self-Representation. The artist is the co-founder of Visible, a Montreal art collective that highlights the power of citizen expression through performative, digital and diversified gatherings.The artist has been the recipient of awards and grants for her work, both in Canada and abroad, from various entities including the First Prize from the Montreal Arts Council's Patrons of the Arts (2019).

In her practice, Veronica Mockler tackles a wide range of social issues by presenting the experiences of people living these realities. She brings beautifully real individuals to share their stories in live performances, videos and media installations. Her pieces have been described as a "call to action" "blending [of] humour with sobering realism" (The Link, 2019), as well as sometimes "leaving you with a haunting question" (La Presse, 2019). This interdisciplinary artist draws from many fields, methods and mediums, such as oral history, documentary, community development, new media, performance, relational and conceptual art as well as art pedagogy. Mockler has stated that her goal is to create art that strengthens the agency of the people she works with. Bringing folks to represent themselves in the public arena is an ethically complex art practice. This complexity is what drives Mockler in her art making and research.

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