Part of the Art Matters Festival 2020
Exhibition: March 9 – 27th
Vernissage: March 23rd, 6 – 9 pm
Location: VAV Gallery / 1395 Blvd Réne-Lévesque O.
+ Researcher in Residence – Maddy Capozzi
Exhibition Facilitator: Becca McKay
The Art Matters Festival x Concordia University’s Center for Creative Reuse (CUCCR) – 2020 Artist Residency is the first collaboration between these two organizations in the hopes of promoting greater sustainability in art festivals. Established in 2018, CUCCR’s annual artists in residence are challenged to generate change in the culture of sustainability and reuse on Concordia’s campus and beyond. Consequently, all of the materials in this exhibition have been diverted from Concordia’s waste stream and upcycled into innovative artworks by the eight resident artists. In a time of climate crisis, it is critical to demonstrate the environmental repercussions of the art world and alter the creative process to reflect our awareness of dwindling resources.
During this residency, each artist worked towards developing sustainable art techniques to share with Concordia’s community through workshops, skillshares, and public interventions. By examining where our materials come from, who made them, and where they will go after the exhibition is over, the significant impact of eco-responsible art practices becomes clear. Through transforming leftover t-shirts, miscellaneous odds, and ends, and otherwise unfavorable items, the Art Matters x CUCCR Artist Residency aims to highlight how caring for our materials, ourselves and our community can help repair the harmful impacts of societal overconsumption.