LORNA BAUER glenfiddich artist in residence 2022

Lorna Bauer


Lorna Bauer was born in Toronto in 1980 and now lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in Canada and abroad: the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée de Joliette.

The Darling Foundry, YYZ Artist outlet, Franz Kaka, Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Snehta Gallery (Athens). She has been artist-in-residence at Despina (Rio de Janeiro), The Récollets (Paris), the Quebec-_New York Residency, Banff Centre and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Her works are present in public and private collections, notably the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Writing on Bauer’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as Artforum, Canadian Art, C-Magazine,_ Le Devoir among other media outlets. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Montréal Council for the Arts and the Quebec Council for the Arts. In 2019 Bauer was awarded the Barbara Sphor Memorial Award and in 2021 she was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award.

In her practice, Lorna Bauer utilizes photography and sculpture to examine human’s relationships to their surroundings. Bauer’s projects are generally characterized as site related, leading to a final result that has responded to a specific place and context, and speaks to a material and visual investigation into ideas and experiences generated from ecologies of lived environments. Bauer uses exclusively analogue technology as it provides a set of limitations to achieve an economy of form. She also understands documentary genres to be a series of conventions that can be put toward other poetic means. The sequences of photographs are meant to make the viewer aware of his/her presence at the threshold of the depicted space, and the exhibition site. The sculptural object becomes a middle term in this equation, although it can sometimes depart from its syntactical relationship to the images and become autonomous.

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