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SHORT BIO

Anouk Verviers is an MFA candidate at Goldsmiths in London UK (2021-2023) and holds a BA in visual and media arts from UQAM (2017) in Montréal, CA (un-ceded territory of Tiohtià:ke and Mooniyang).

Her work has been shown in Canada, Switzerland and the UK. This includes solo exhibitions at Optica (2023, Montreal CA), Vaste et Vague (2023, Carleton CA) and Regart (2019, Lévis CA); group exhibitions at Future_After (2022, London UK) and Dogo Residenz (2019, Lichtensteig CH); artist residencies with CCE@HGAED (2022, London, UK) and Dogo Residenz (2019, Lichtensteig CH); and community projects presented by 3e Impérial (2021, Granby CA) and Dare Dare (2016, Montreal CA).

As a researcher, she is a member of the Centre for Research in Social Innovation and Transformation (CRITS) at St-Paul University in Ottawa CA (un-ceded territory of Odawa) and has published in the Journal Research in Art Education (December 2021) from the University of Espoo in Altoo FI.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I believe that performative conversations hold crucial potential for social change in this era of heavy polarisation of the social and political realm. My work aspires to facilitate the occurrence of these rare and precious exchanges through which we overcome our discomfort towards the ambiguity and uncertainty that arises from conversations about collective issues. In performative conversations, interlocutors elaborate new ways of being together while simultaneously embodying these ideas through their exchange.

As an artist, I engage in extensive long-term art projects revolving around discussion on collective issues. I articulate my art practice as a bicephalous entity: one head exists in the social realm, through collaborative and research-based projects, and one head exists in the art world, through artworks and exhibitions. Meeting different communities, I create mobile sculpture-furniture that, by disrupting usual interactions while preserving a sensation of comfort, facilitates exchanges. I engage in collaborative research processes and complex structures of exchange. Back in the studio, I create artworks by blending experiential knowledge with intuitive processes, transcending my own apriori. Using woodwork, ceramic, drawing, archives, everyday materials, my body, and a camera, I work on installations, video essays, performances, and sculptures.

Art allows me to learn, through the communities I meet, how to outline, reframe, and rethink the ways we live with others and perceive ourselves.

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