Online - Scenes from an Island: Stillness, Performativity, and the Imaginary
Online - Scenes from an Island: Stillness, Performativity, and the ImaginaryDec 9 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 2020
At this moment, we all find ourselves feeling like we are on our own islands, filled with a sense of isolation, and surrounded by unrest and uncertainty. The enchanted landscape captured through artist Florence Montmare’s lens encourages us to contemplate our own experiences of space and time. How far must we travel to find a sense of home and self?
Join us for an evening with artist Florence Montmare and critical theorist and writer Natasha Chuk, who will discuss the artist’s journey to the faraway island of Fårö, and toward stillness and self-discovery, culminating in her body of work Scenes from an Island.
Florence’s work is usually site specific where she stages different scenarios in which the body’s presence and absence is a metaphor for impermanence and transience. Art Identity, displacement and transience are themes that interest her.
Each week a new chapter will be released in the online gallery and further explored through work-specific Mindfulness Fridays Meditations. This talk coincides with the launch of Montmare’s first chapter exteriors.
Scenes from an Island runs online through February 2021.
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Scenes from an Island: Stillness, Performativity, and the Imaginary
Artist Florence Montmare and critical theorist Natasha Chuk discuss the artist’s journey to the faraway Island of Faro, and towards stillness and self-discovery, culminating in her body of work, Scenes From an Island.
About Florence Montmare
Florence Montmare was born in Vienna, and raised in Stockholm. She studied photography in New York at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. Her practice is cross-disciplinary and for over 20 years she has created photographs, films, installations, and performances. Intimacy and disconnection are recurring themes. Recent solo exhibitions include excerpts from Scenes from an Island at the Bergman Center (Sweden 2019) and in the Summer Yard of the National Museum of Finland as part of the Helsinki Photo Festival (Finland 2020). She was an artist in residence at Chashama studio program (2010-2012), and at Ingmar Bergman Estate (2015 – 2017). She is based in New York and Stockholm and represented by Ivy Brown Gallery, New York.
Photograph by Sara Moein
About Natasha Chuk
Natasha Chuk is a critical theorist and writer whose research and interests focus on creative technologies as systems of language at the intersection of formality, expression, interface, and perception. She teaches courses in film studies, digital cultures, aesthetics, and art history at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.