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Digital Diasporas with Lauren Prousky
Thu February 11 @ 18:00 - 19:00
Join us for a live discussion and Q&A with multidisciplinary artist Lauren Prousky in our February edition of Digital Diasporas!
As part of our collaboration with Kitchener-Waterloo-based multidisciplinary artist Lauren Prousky, the second featured artist of our contemporary art cycle Permanence, we are delighted to announce the February edition of Digital Diasporas. This session will feature an artist talk, Q&A, and preview of the museum’s partnership with the artist, including a digital exhibition and experiential art workshop.
Join Lauren and the curatorial team at the Museum of Jewish Montreal to learn more about Lauren’s practice, her experiences as an artist amid the pandemic, and her ongoing series, To build tiny monuments is to gather what’s there. As the basis of her forthcoming MJM digital exhibition, this series reflects on a particular “Jewish impulse of collecting” that provokes memory, storytelling, family ties, and the artist’s relationship with facets of cultural Judaism. By using found objects, Lauren’s works – spanning readymade sculptures, textiles, paintings, and installations – are collectively informed by the organized chaos of collections that she was surrounded by throughout her own upbringing.
About Lauren Prousky
Lauren Prousky is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and writer based in Kitchener-Waterloo. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Waterloo, and a BFA in Studio Arts and English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal. Lauren’s work has been exhibited in various venues across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including Ortega y Gasset Projects in Brooklyn (2020), Art Mûr in Montreal (2019, 2016), Gallery 1313 in Toronto (2016), and Fish Factory Creative Centre in Iceland (2016). Her ongoing series, To build tiny monuments to gather what’s there, is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
About Permanence Art Cycle at MJM
Permanence began as the theme for the Museum’s 2020-2021 art exhibition cycle. Reoriented and adapted for a socially-distanced and increasingly digital world, this cycle invites artists to question and examine the many permutations of ‘forever.’ Through a series of artistic innovations and events, we invite the public to consider permanence in a moment of flux, whether in the ephemera of [in]stability, the way we make lasting spaces for our communities, the unseen but constant presences that shape us, or the quiet, determined mutability of the seemingly eternal.
About Digital Diasporas
Much as a diaspora describes the dispersal of a people across space, this series explores the new movements artists are taking away from their practice in the digital world or how they are working in ways that forge new communities and connections despite geographic distance. In short, it’s a series about being apart, together. Join us each month as selected artists take us through their practice prior to the pandemic, their innovations in response to social distancing, and their visions for the future.