VISIBLE’s mandate is to underlie the power of citizen expression through performative and diversified gatherings. Documentary processes are at the basis of their work in which individuals are invited to express and represent themselves. Their work encourages social transformation and solidarity. In their work, citizens are at the forefront as they are the experts of their own daily reality which has a unique political potential when featured in a well crafted performance setting, a craftswomanship only VISIBLE can provide. They produce work that is free, accessible, open and safe.
Sofia and Veronica did not know each other very well when they found themselves sharing a basket of Russian doughnuts at the late Boris Café in April 4th 2017 in Montreal. Probably thanks to the hot chewy sweet sugar rush they were experiencing, they decided to join forces on that day to create a big project of documentary performances on citizens living in Côte-des-Neiges for the City of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. They went on to collect the stories of dozens and dozens of citizens, coming from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Nine months later, in December 2017, the two women artist presented Rivières, a series of documentary performances that drew more than 250 Montrealers to see eight citizens from the borough perform their lives and opinions.
Sofia Blondin, co-founder
Sofia Blondin graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program in 2016. She has since collaborated as an actress with many theatrical productions in Montreal. Sofia’s theatre practice is very much rooted in creating links with her community which explains her work with amateurs actors and citizens and moreover, her love for teaching. She has directed and taught in Université de Montréal, Jean-de-Brébeuf College, École secondaire La Voie, and more recently the National Theatre School of Canada. As a theatre artist she aims to strengthen community links through the performing arts.
Veronica Mockler, co-founder
Veronica Mockler was born in Quebec City in 1991. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Studio Arts (2014) after studying abroad in the Republic of Ireland to complete her degree. Veronica has since been based in Montreal, where she lives and works as a social-conceptual artist. In her performative, media and collective work, she brings the specific experiences of individuals and groups to the fore of social inquiry. In her reflexive practice, the artist combines documentary modes of representation to performance in order to empower her collaborators with regards to their own representation. Mockler’s video work is represented by distributor Vidéographe. The artist’s work has been featured in exhibitions and festivals in Canada, the USA, South America and Europe. Mockler has been the recipient of public and private funding for her work with communities as well as for her research abroad.