PUBLIC INTIMACY

SOPHIA HIRSCH +
JOHANNES MUNDINGER

13 OCT 2022 – 5 MAR 2023
FRIDAY to SUNDAY, 10AM to 5PM
5220 BOUL. SAINT-LAURENT
FREE ADMISSION

UPCOMING EVENTS

Panel Discussion: Public Intimacy
Thursday, February 16, 2023

PAST EVENTS

Intricate Intimacies: A Papercutting Workshop
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Conversations in Contemporary Art at Concordia University
Friday, October 7, 2022

Public Intimacy Opening Party
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Imagining a Queer Eruv: A Walking Conversation
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Where is the line between public and private? Though not often explicitly posed, we navigate this question every day to guide how we move through the world. Depending on time, place, and who surrounds us, individual and collective definitions of public and private invariably shift. Public Intimacy asks us to consider this changing definition, and the liminal space between.

The works presented in this exhibition each originate from a real domestic space. The curtains you see are second-hand, sourced from throughout Germany, and hung in homes much like the ones photographed and on display. The textiles and photographed facades draw on domestic structures used to separate public and private spaces. The curtain, practically and symbolically, points to the tenuous divisions and changing frame of where private space gives way to public. In as much as it provides refuge from the outside world, the curtain equally hides from view or shuts us off from what may be happening on our doorstep.

Sophia Hirsch and Johannes Mundinger created this body of work drawing from and within the domestic spaces of Berlin, Offenburg, and other German cities – a regional context still contending with a history of state and civic violence from the Holocaust, as well as a contemporary resurgence of antisemitism and xenophobia in the rise of neo-Nazi movements and the far-right. In addition, our world is more connected than ever before, and in the wake of a global pandemic, new spaces and considerations have opened up questions on how we act or what we say both online and in real life. When or where do we draw the curtain? And what does it block out?

As the artists consider this reality in their own locale, their work invites you to consider in equal measure your own “curtains,” their contexts, and what they may delineate.

Curatorial Statement by Alyssa Stokvis-Hauer

Photo Credit: Johannes Mundinger

ARTISTS
Sophia Hirsch & Johannes Mundinger

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Alyssa Stokvis-Hauer

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Austin Henderson

EXHIBITION TEAM
Pippa Bartlett, Austin Henderson,
Anya Kowalchuk, Alyssa Stokvis-Hauer

TRANSLATION
Benoit Pelletier

CONTRACTOR
ShopDogs MTL

PRINTING
MFBB Lettrage

ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHY

Sophia Hirsch and Johannes Mundinger are continuously collaborating on murals, installations, and exhibitions.

Sophia Hirsch was born in 1987 and is based in Berlin, Germany. She graduated from the Weißensee Academie of Art, Berlin, and the University of Art and Design, Halle. She has also studied at Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem.

Johannes Mundinger was born in 1982 in Offenburg, Germany, and is based in Berlin. He graduated from Münster School of Design, where his exchange studies led him to the Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels.

They have worked with institutions such as the Museum Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (2017), the Jewish Museum Cracow (2014) or Yeoju Museum, Korea (2020).

In 2013 they won the jury prize of the Berliner Kunstverein for their installation Kritische Masse and were invited as artists in Residence to The Art Cube Artist’s Studios, Jerusalem (2017), Yeobaek Seowon, Gyenggi-Do, Korea (2019) and Begehungen Chemnitz (2021).

They have painted murals for numerous institutions and cities, mostly within Europe, but also in Mexico, Korea and Israel.