Talk / Performance
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In October 2017 Laura Taler travelled to Romania, the country of her birth, to perform and film herself singing an Argentinean song in her grandmother’s house she used to visit as a child. Taler wore a long wig over her short hair and costumed herself in peasant garb so successfully that her grandmother’s neighbour proclaimed, “You look just like us!” Although she was pleased at the authenticity of the costume she was also filled with shame because after a few short days, when her film shoot was complete, she would leave the poor village and return to her Canadian life of privilege. Even though she was born in Romania and lived there until she was six she felt like she was playing dress-up, appropriating a culture to which she may never have belonged.
This artist talk looks at Taler’s recent body of work to question why she has chosen performative activities that, for her, conflate discomfort and fear with familiarity and desire. And how consequently, she have begun to understand aspects of her practice as performing mourning. In addition to the Argentinean song in her grandmother’s house in Romania, she will discuss recent videos where she performs a Romanian song in a German forest, and a series of Tai Chi gestures on a beach.
Romanian-born Canadian artist Laura Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art. Throughout her career Taler has explored the links between movement, memory, and history by using cinematic and choreographic devices to articulate how the body is able to carry the past without being oppressed by it. She has been a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), Carleton Immersive Media Studio (Ottawa), and a fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Her work has been screened in festivals, exhibitions, and broadcast internationally.