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.
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.