Veronica Mockler

Womxn Walk the Walk
Joanna's Live and Unscripted Public Speech Act as Performance Art in WWW.
Pavillon
Artist-in-Residence at Maison des Artistes (Winnipeg, MA) for community-based creation.
The Address
Series of ethnographic & documentary performances on 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.

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 in Côte-des-Neiges

Womxn Walk the Walk is facilitating a workshop with Filipino Heritage Community group in CDN on feminist social memory. 12PM Jan 17, 2019

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.

Mockler co-founds new collective of, and for, womxn!

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 and storytelling.

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!

Performance by Lala in Maison de la Culture

"Les Interprètes" opens on April 10, 2019 in Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. My hope is that this live nonfiction performance goes against current documentary representations that gratuitously victimize and exploit the narratives of folks who have undergone migration.

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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 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.

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 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:<br>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 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 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 Quebec City (QC, Canada) in 1991. 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/Montréal where she works as an artist. At the moment, Veronica is also conducting research-creation in performance art, public pedagogy and oral history within Concordia University’s unique INDI Graduate Program. Her work with individuals, groups, communities and coalitions deals with public representation, knowledge creation and social justice mobilization. Her collaborative and socially engaged art, which takes the form of relational performances, public addresses, video art and new media interventions, has 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. The artist co-founded Visible in 2017, an art collective that highlights the power of expression of Montrealers in plural, media and performative gatherings. In 2019, Veronica also co-founded Womxn Walk the Walk, a sister initiative to Brooklyn's League of Women Walkers. The collective investigates ways to counter the disempowerment of female identity in public space. Veronica has been the recipient of awards and grants for her work, both in Canada and abroad, from arts councils, government entities, academic and artistic institutions and community initiatives. The artist's dialogic art practice draws from theories and practices in public pedagogy, oral history, documentary, activism, community development, art education, and more.

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 and what politically transpires when people listen to and talk about personal experiences and points of view with public others. Veronica is looking at how to facilitate such interactions and how—when devised as contemporary dialogic art—these gatherings transform participating interlocutors in progressive socio-political engagement. Her 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 present their reality in specific public settings. I hope that my work can fill part of the gap that technology creates between real human connection and virtual media connectedness. 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 personally hold any art production socially accountable and thereby dedicate my practice to the deactivation of colonialism, neoliberalism and individualism. My position as a white, Western, straight, typical, human comes with social privileges. Every day, I try to work towards better understanding my privileged position and its implication on art-making and collaboration with other people. My goal is to explore, through performance, pedagogy and activism, how people can determine their own representation in the public realm. The practice of presenting discourse that is not mine is an ethically, politically and aesthetically complex endeavour. I learn from this complexity every day—it's what motivates me.

Curriculum Vitae

Mockler's art has been described as a "call to action" "blending humour with sobering realism", as well as sometimes "leaving you with a haunting question". — La Presse, 2019

For more information on Veronica's work and press coverage, please click here for her CV.

Click on VISIBLE ART COLLECTIVE and WOMXN WALK THE WALK COLLECTIVE for more information on the initiatives she is a part of.

Email the artist:

veronica.florence.mockler@gmail.com

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