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Art & Life with Veronica Mockler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Mockler.

Veronica, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My name is Veronica Mockler, I was born in French-speaking Quebec, Canada. My practice stands at the crossroads of art, documentary and advocacy. I have been working as an interdisciplinary artist since my graduation in 2015. Since I’m a toddler, I have found it impossible not to create things, not to get excited about ideas and initiatives that shake up normativity. Throughout my degree, and for the past 3 years, I have decided to devote my practice to the stories of other people. Every project I have led has gotten me more and more engaged with the reality of different folks. My journey so far as an artist has not been easy, as artists who are starting out are stigmatized for pursuing the financially uncertain career that is art making. That being said, I am a critical optimist who believes that sensitive and ethical works have the power to breakdown preconceptions rooted in ignorance and fear. Since I’m a little bébé, I want to make big things that make people think humanely, sounds cliché but I am still attempting to generate such experiences.

My work has been featured locally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions/screenings : Intersections: 16th Biennial Art & Technology, Hyg Gallery, (NL Connecticut USA), Redding Flagg Gallery (Toronto), Dazibao, Eastern Bloc (Montréal), La Biennale Manif. d’Art Internationale (Québec), Gstaad International Festival (Uruguay), and more. My video work is distributed by Vidéographe in Canada. I have conducted research both in Canada and abroad: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Iceland. I wish to work with as many communities as I can!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I develop projects in and out of the gallery space. My art production is about the radical experience of the other. I use video, performance, interviews and workshops to present individuals to different types of audiences in order to socially challenge these given audiences. I use human interaction as a conceptual tool to dismantle prejudice. I am driven by the idea that the direct presence of someone is politically transformative.

I personally hold any art production socially accountable and therefore dedicate my own practice to the representation and engagement of progressive agencies. I benefit from the societal advantages of being white and cis. In order to not extend this bias, I deconstruct my own privilege by making work that serves the reality and power of individuals, not mine.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Collaboration is key. Go out there and initiate people to your practice, talk about what you do the other practitioners, but regular folks also. I myself spend way too much time in the studio thinking about projects instead of just going out into the world and making them happen. Not everything has to be completely figured out beforehand. Though it is hard, one has to think through doing, and often after that, the money follows.

If you have no funding for a project, still start it, in any way you can. Soon enough, because you went out and did it, people will support you because the work is right there in front of them. Collaborating with an artist from a different field is super important also. That person will know about opportunities and ways of going about things that are new to you.

Advice for those wanting to connect with other artist and collaborate: hit me up!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My website and my e-mail for exhibitions, screenings, artist talks, festivals, residencies, workshops – anything really. Meaningful artworks stem from surprising collaborations.

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