Veronica Mockler

Online Art Gatherings
Art Gatherings with a group of women in collaboration with a migrant rights organization.
Womxn Walk the Walk
Listening to Joanna's unscripted story part of Womxn Walk the Walk's performance.
Pavillon
Artist-in-Residence at Maison des Artistes (Winnipeg, MA) for community-based creation.
The Address
Series of ethnographic and documentary performances on the Right to Housing.
Untitled: Listening and Dancing
Commissioned non-fiction multimedia production on atypical listening and dance.
Listening to Nati
Ongoing documentary work on the public representation of Nati's story and sexual violence activism.
Les Interprètes
A series of video addresses and speech performances by 16 teenagers newly arrived in Canada.
Athléimneacht
Ongoing oral history research and creation with 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 self-revelation.
Chronique d'un été
A cinéma-vérité critique of a specific white Québecois youth demographic.
L'aparté
8 randomly chosen people share whatever they want in front of a camera.
Spending Time With Nadia
A provisional relational work in which I spent time with a woman I did not know during one afternoon.
23 / 03 / 2014
Ongoing performance in which participants and I answer a personal question, publicly.
Listing 02
Performance in which I talk about who I am, and who I am not.
23 / 11 / 2013
Ongoing performance in which participants and I answer a personal question, publicly.
Listing 01
Performance in which I talk about who I am, and who I am not.
Love Me Love Me Say That You Love Me
Three-channel video on our expanding need for validation.
The Persona
3-part performance exploring partying as a form of identity work, in relation to gender and privilege.
The Act of Being Seen / Two Studies
Two video studies that question the biased act of being seen, and its gendered experience.

FRQ Award

Honoured to be working with Vivek Venkatesh, the City of Montreal, Concordia U and the INRS to create media art-based work that will convey the needs of marginalized communities regarding racial and social profiling by policing, health and education institutions.

Landscape of Hope

Put together a short documentary for Project Someone's iterative performance Landscape of Hope as part of the UNESCO Chair for the prevention of violent extremism held by Vivek Venkatesh at Concordia University. See on Project Someone's website!

1981 Irish Hunger Strike Commemoration

Created a video work on a historical instance of Quebec's anti-colonial resistance. I dug out beautiful archives and interviewed activist Kevin Callahan on the support that manifested in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) during the 80s for the Irish prisoners' Five Demands.

Employee training on Socially Engaged Art

Gave a talk/training to employees of the Ensemble Foundation in Tiohtià:ke. We explored my use of conceptual art and video art as opportunities for self-determination, specifically with youth in schools.

First In-Person Art Gathering

Documentation of the performance art gathering I facilitated with refugee women and their local 'twins'. At the beginning of the pandemic, I began a series of 'Art Gatherings Online' for and with refugee rights organization Action Réfugiés Montréal.

One-year anniversary of THE ADDRESS!

Our ethno-documentary performance "The Address" was a year ago… a year since the work enabled us to listen to 8 residents' experience of the housing crisis: https://youtu.be/zChKWbzR0mQ

Performance, gathering & advocacy!

I began a series of "Art Gatherings" online with newly arrived refugeed women and Action Réfugiés Montréal. So thankful and excited to continue—we had our 1st gathering last week!

Emerging Scholar Symposium

What a wonderful symposium organized by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Talked about my current research in socially engaged art, performance, public pedagogy and oral history.

Exhibition in Feminist Spatial Stories

I'll be presenting my research and work with Womxn Walk the Walk Collective in an Emerging Scholars' Symposium looking at feminist spatial stories.

Workshop facilitation with Filipino Heritage Group

WWW facilitated a workshop with women from Filipino Heritage Group during which the group explored storytelling through oral performance and embodied mapping.

Workshop facilitation with Filipino Heritage

Womxn Walk the Walk is facilitating a workshop with the Filipino Heritage Community group in Montreal to restore through performance and mapping participants' feminist social memory.

Last week to catch Pavillon in MAVF

The exhibition of the work I created in collaboration with Winnipeg-based francophone community ends this week. If you're in the area, go check it out at Maison des Artistes Visuels!

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

I received a grant from the Quebec Art Council (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) to go set up my show and facilitate a gathering during my exhibition "Pavillon" in MAVF!

Vernissage in Manitoba at la Maison des Artistes Visuels

My work Pavillon is opening on December 5, 2019 in MAVF Winnipeg. I will be present alongside members of the community who participated in the residency.

Live on Radio-Canada Manitoba to talk about new exhibition

I'm live on Wednesday at L'Actuel to talk about my newest work "Pavillon" opening at la Maison des Artistes Visuels on December 5, 2019 at 7PM.

Showing "Les Interprètes" in La Lumière

"Les Interprètes" was featured in video art program "WEAVING NARRATIVES" curated by Amanda Gutierrez. Honoured to be showing work alongside Carolina González Valencia, Adela Goldbard and Gutierrez herself!

Public Speech Act

Friend and collaborator Joanna Guillaume performed a speech act with Womxn Walk the Walk Collective last week. The work was the closing event of a walk in commemoration of the Polytechnique Women Massacre, that took place 30 years ago this year.

Republican Irish senator visits Mockler's exhibition

Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile visits my sound installation at Concordia University's Acts of Listening Lab (COHDS) which features the voices of Susana and Bobby Lavery (Northern Ireland, UK).

Installation opening in Centre for Oral History

Showing work in the Acts of Listening Lab's symposium Listening, Performance, and Conflict from November 4-10 in the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Screening in LA LUMIÈRE

Happy to be taking part in La Lumière's: "Weaving Narratives: Four Takes, a video program featuring four female artists whose work deals with themes of oral history and suppressed narratives in their practice." - Amanda Gutierrez, Curator.

Oral History Sound Installation

I will be presenting a sound installation that is part of my bigger investigation entitled "Athléimneacht" in the International Symposium Performance, Listening and Conflict.

Womxn Walk the Walk

Womxn Walk the Walk is a collective of artists, researchers and community members who explore the intersectional experiences of female identity in public space through group walks, listening, performance, new media and mapping. Please visit our calendar for upcoming walks: womenwalkmontreal.tumblr.com

Artist-in-Residence at MAVF in Winnipeg

Tune in to listen to my interview on CBC where I talk about the creative process behind my residency at la MAVF. I'm conducting community-based creation with 11 francophones folks living in Winnipeg.

Article by URBANIA on performance in The Triangle

URBANIA Magazine interviews Sofia Blondin and myself on the research that led to the creation of our series of ethno-documentary performances that opened last Sat. May 25th.

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

I have been working on an ethno-documentary performance on housing rights for the past year. Come and witness the creative outcome of my art collective's investigation and meet actual residents who have been at the center of the crisis.

Live radio interview with Visible on CBC Montreal

Tune in on CBC Radio Montreal on May 23 at 6PM to hear Sofia Blondin and myself talk about upcoming work on Housing Rights in Côte-des-Neiges borough.

Radio Canada International with Raymond Desmarteau

Sofia Blondin and myself were interviewed on ICI Radio-Canada on our upcoming immersive documentary performance entitled "The Address".

Interview with Nora Rosenthal from Cult MTL

I chatted with the Cult's art critic Nora Rosenthal on my work "Les Interprètes" and on participatory art ethics. Full interview can be found in print or online: https://cultmtl.com/2019/04/veronica-mockler-les-interpretes/

Live on CBC Montreal

I will be live on Homerun with Sue Smith to chat about the most recent iteration of my work entitled "Les Interprètes". Show opening this week in Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal!

Premiere of performance part of Les Interprètes!

Performance opens in Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. My hope is that this live nonfiction performance will go against current documentary representations that gratuitously victimize/exploit the narratives of folks having undergone migration.

This is an authorized message from the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion of Quebec

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

I am invited to facilitate a series of art workshops with a group of provincial public workers in the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion on the themes of self-representation, agency and bureaucracy through performance and conceptual art.

Active Perspective-Taking with Third Space Gallery

I am facilitating an «Active Perspective-Taking» performance workshop part of Third Shift's upcoming festival this August. Join me for this free and exploratory dialogic exploration.

Giving a workshop on art & cyber self-representation!

I'm facilitating a workshop on the theme of online self-representation through art. We'll be exploring performance, persona and documentary practices as ways to control our 'story' online.

Performance on the Right to Housing wins First Prize

Our work "The Address" wins the Patron of the Arts' First Prize which is awarded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Artist Affiliate at the Centre for Oral History & Digital Storytelling

I am now an affiliate artist at COHDS. The Centre brings together hundreds of researchers, artists, students, educators and community-based organizations—what a lovely community!

Artist-in-Residence with Videographe Montreal

I am starting a production residency with Vidéographe Montréal as of 2019 to produce my new relational performance video work entitled "Forum".

14-page spread interview in WCM Berlin / Special Edition

I discussed my work and practice with Women Cinema Maker in Berlin. Have a read: https://issuu.com/women-cinemakers/docs/vol.23/98

Les Interprètes in Funambules Média Festival

"Les Interprètes" is back again in Montreal. Cool teens Zahia, Farah and Sarah share their personal stories with the public and present the performance work the've created with me during my residency in their high school.

Commission by ethnographer group Amplifier!

Collaborating on artwork with Montreal residents on the Right to Housing in Côtes-des-Neiges borough. This ethno-documentary performance will feature tenants, property owners, inspectors, activists, city planners, and more!

Les Interprètes in Cinéma Sous les Étoiles

A segment of video performance "Les Interprètes" was presented in Festival Cinéma Sous les Étoiles. The performance was presented by three of the 16 teenagers with who I collaborated last Spring.

Canvassers in Public Art Festival

Showing "Canvassers" in Third Shift Festival. Organized by Third Space Gallery in Saint-John New-Brunswick, this public screening will take place in August 2018. I'll be there too to facilitate a workshop!

Six-week residency comes to an end!

Finishing up my residency with Centre Turbine in Montreal's Jeanne-Mance High School. I worked with a group of 16 teenagers to create a series of video performances in which they talked about their daily thoughts and experiences. These teens are the coolest!

Women Cinema Maker in Berlin

Women Cinema Makers in Germany interviewed me on my work entitled "Chronique d'un été" for their Special Edition publication which features a selection of 10 women artists from around the world.

Back to High School for Two Months!

I am an Artist-in-Residence at a Montreal high school! I will be facilitating creation with 16 teenagers who have just recently immigrated to Canada. This is thanks to Centre Turbine, an art pedagogy organization dedicated to bringing contemporary artists into communities.

Feature in Thought-Provokers Series in Boston

Tiny feature 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

Hundreds showed up to our series of live documentary performances created by Visible Art Collective, which I co-founded with theatre artist Sofia Blondin.

Fellowship to travel to Ammerman Centre

I got an Independent Fellowship by the Centre for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity. The fellowship awards artists/scholars who demonstrate excellence in their work, and a commitment to their careers and artistic communities.

Weekly column on CISM 89.3 show Les Étangs d'Art

I'll be a weekly columnist on the contemporary art radio show "Les Étangs d'Art" this winter alongside artist Florencia Sosa Rey and journalist Pierre de Montvalon.

A new collective endeavour!

Co-founded with theatre artist Sofia Blondin the 'Visible Art Collective' in which we highlight the power of Montrealers by creating gatherings for dialogue that are performative, plural and media-based.

Canvassers in Arts & Tech Biennial

Canvassers will be part of INTERSECTIONS: 16th Biennial for Arts & Technology at the Ammerman Center (CT, USA). I will be attending the Biennial to present my work in "Future Perfect" exhibition curated by Nadav Assor.

Digital Storytelling project in Belfast, Northern Ireland

I am heading to Belfast (UK) to initiate an oral history project with, and about, Susana Hennessey (retired Oakland Public Health Educator) and her husband Bobby Lavery (sentenced Republican Long Kesh prisoner and ex-politician).

Official Selection at GSTAAD

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

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 auction takes place in Eastern Bloc (Montreal). Encourage this pioneering internet-based art space & the up-and-coming artists they represent.

Rivières receives Theatre Engaging Communities Bursary!

Rivières, our series of documentary performances, receives funding from the TEC program which aims to support artistic and performance innovation that builds ties with given communities.

Interviews with residents of Côte-des-Neiges

Theatre artist Sofia Blondin and I have completed our first month of interviews/research in Côte-des-Neiges borough, Montreal. Resulting in a series of documentary performances, this work is presented as part of the city's 375th-anniversary initiative.

Screening of The Left Point in Dazibao!

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 "Television", curated by France Choinière and LUX UK.

Canvassers is going into distribution!

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

Solo opening in Redd Flagg Gallery in Toronto!

Thrilled to have video performance "Canvassers" premiering on February 14, 2017 in Redd Flagg Gallery—a lovely . The work is presented in an exhibition project imagined by curator Christophe Barbeau. Thank you so much to Julia & Isaac for having me!

Solo exhibition in POP Espace Montreal

"Chronique d'un été" premiered on April 27, 2016 in solo show at POP Espace Montreal. Sharp poem "The Mountains They Will Crumble" by author Nick Williams accompanies the video installation! Thanks to everyone who showed up to the bumpin' vernissage!

Biography

Veronica Mockler was born in 1991 on unceded indigenous land, today known as Quebec City, in a franco-anglo family of French settler and Irish immigrant lineage. She graduated with Distinction from Concordia University (BFA Studio Arts, 2015) in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal) after completing her final year of studies in the Republic of Ireland. Veronica has since returned to Tiohtià:ke where she lives, learns, and works as a professional artist.

At the moment, Veronica is undertaking research and creation in an academic setting, where she is investigating performance art, public pedagogy, and oral history at Concordia University in an INDI graduate program. Her art practice in collaboration with individuals, groups, communities, and coalitions deals with auto-determination in public representation, knowledge creation, and social justice mobilization. Her socially engaged performances, public addresses and gatherings, video art and interview work, and new media interventions have been featured in gallery exhibitions, art and film festivals, as well as in conferences and symposia in South America, the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe.

Veronica and her collaborators have been the recipient of awards and funding for work both in Canada and abroad, from art councils, government entities, academic and artistic institutions, and community organizations. Veronica's art practice draws from past and present thinking in public pedagogy, oral history, documentary, activism, community development, and art education. Her work has been described as a "call to action" "blending humor with sobering realism" as well as sometimes "leaving you with a haunting question" — La Presse, 2019.

The artist co-founded the Visible Art Collective in 2017, a collaboration that highlights the power of Montreal residents by creating gatherings for dialogue that are plural, performative, and media-based. In 2019, Veronica co-founded Womxn Walk the Walk, a sister initiative to Brooklyn's League of Women Walkers. This collective of womxn, composed of community collaborators, artists and researchers investigates walking and gathering as a way to connect with, and represent, female power in public space.

Practice as Research

Veronica's 'research-creation' project at Concordia University is entitled Real Face Time as Art: Unscripted Speaking and Listening. It is concerned with the power of face-to-face interaction. What pedagogically and politically transpires when people listen to and talk about personal experience and reflections with public others? How can an artist responsibly facilitate such interactions? How is unscripted speaking and listening art; how is it performance art (performance art here being the practice stemming from Western visual art's postmodern/conceptual turn)?

Veronica's research is supported by the Acts of Listening Lab (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling) under the primary supervision of Canada's Research Chair (RC) in Oral History Performance Luis C. Sotelo Castro, and the secondary supervisions of Concordia's RC in Socially Engaged Art, and Public Pedagogies Kathleen Vaughan and Canada's RC in Oral History Steven High.

Artist Statement

I collaborate with people so that they can, themselves, speak about their reality in different public settings. I work on projects in and out of the gallery space by collaborating with individuals in the white cube and by summoning different audiences to listen to these same individuals in alternative spaces. I hope that my work can fill part of the gap that technology creates between real human connection and virtual media connectedness. I personally hold any art production socially accountable and thereby dedicate my practice to the deactivation of colonial, capitalist, and patriarchal legacies and perpetuations. I am a straight, cis, neurotypical, and able-bodied white woman, descendent of Irish immigrants and French settlers. Today, this position comes with many privileges. Every day, I try to work towards better understanding my position and its implication on art-making, labour, and collaboration with other people. The practice of presenting discourse that is not mine is an ethically, politically, and aesthetically complex endeavour — I learn from this complexity every day.

My artistic contributions would not be possible if it weren't for the mobilizing and multifaceted contributions of the people I collaborate with who are not so-called 'artists'. Therefore, any financial (or capitalizable) compensation that stems from our work together is shared between collaborators and me, in an attentive, transparent, and deliberate manner that makes sense with the specifics of each unique collaboration.

Curriculum Vitae (click on italics for link)

For more information on Veronica's art, pedagogy, and activism, as well as her work's press coverage, please click here (CV).

Check out Visible Art Collective's website and Womxn Walk the Walk's blog for more information on initiatives she's involved in.



Recent Press Coverage (click on italics for link)

Inauguration de l'œuvre «Pavillon» de l'artiste Veronica Mockler, ENVOL 91 FM (fr)

Veronica Mockler sur son œuvre à la Maison des artistes visuels, RADIO-CANADA, L’actuel (fr)

L’art au service de la communauté francophone, LA LIBERTÉ (fr)

Une nouvelle œuvre numérique intitulée Pavillon à la Maison des artistes, RADIO-CANADA (fr)

Des nouveaux arrivants et des Franco-Manitobaines s’expriment à travers l’art, CBC ICI MANITOBA (fr)

Sortir les artistes de leurs locaux pour co-créer avec le public, RADIO-CANADA, L’actuel (fr)

The Address Calls Montrealers to Take Action Against Gentrification, THE LINK (en)

Trouver son adresse, CHOQ, Nouvelle Société (fr)

L’adresse : les taudis, comme si vous y viviez, LA PRESSE, Arts et Être (fr)

Côte-des-Neiges residents share housing stories through art performance, CBC NEWS (en)

L’adresse: une performance ethnodocu immersive bilingue, RADIO-CANADA INTERNATIONAL (fr)

Interview with Veronica Mockler & Sofia Blondin on The Address, Homerun, CBC MONTREAL RADIO (en)

L’adresse: parler de logement avec du monde ordinaire, mais pas plate, URBANIA (fr)

Guest artist on special edition Makesense, ATELIER CIBL RADIO (fr)

Montreal artist aims to empower immigrant youth by bringing art into the classroom, CBC MTL (en)

Veronica Mockler about her recent work Les Interprètes, Homerun, CBC MONTREAL RADIO (en)

The ethics of participatory art, CULT MTL (en)

Free, far-out art festival transforms uptown Saint John, CBC SAINT-JOHN (en)

Chronique d'un été by artist Veronica Mockler, WOMEN CINEMA-MAKERS BERLIN, Special Edition (en)

Art and Life with Veronica Mockler, THE THOUGHT-PROVOKERS SERIES, BostonVoyager (en)

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veronica.florence.mockler@gmail.com

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