Carleton University Art Gallery is thrilled to announce its summer 2020 presentation of THREE SONGS, an exhibition of three ambitious new video works by Laura Taler.

We are living at a time of the greatest human mobility in recorded history. Migration, whether imposed or voluntary, within and across national borders, is arguably the defining experience of the 21st century.

In THREE SONGS, Laura Taler grapples with questions raised by experiences of migration. Is it possible to make a home in a new land and let go of what has been left behind? How is the past lodged in the body? Can one learn a new language while holding onto the past? What can be translated and what cannot?

In her beautiful and affecting videos, shot in Canada and Europe, Taler performs songs in Romanian, Yiddish and Spanish, while dressed as various alter egos. Although Taler appears in the videos, they are not self-portraits. Instead, she uses music, costume, movement, language and place to create embodied experiences that connect the past to the present.

Born and raised in Romania, Taler moved with her family to Italy, and then to Canada. She began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer, before turning to filmmaking and visual art, and is now based in Ottawa. Since the beginning of her career, Taler has attracted international attention for her award-wining film works. Her work has been praised for its unique combination of emotional resonance, wit and striking visuals.

The Background

CUAG is honoured to present the work of Laura Taler, an internationally renowned choreographer, filmmaker and artist. Throughout her career and across varied art forms, she has articulated the links between movement, memory and history, and explored the body’s capacity to carry the past. The ways in which Taler’s videos engage with the emotional struggles of migration will open conversations within diverse communities at Carleton University and beyond.

The Rollout

Your donation to THREE SONGS will allow CUAG to support Laura Taler in producing and realizing these ambitious video installations tailored specifically to the unique spaces of the gallery and to support her development of exhibition-related educational programs for the public, including the campus and civic communities.

The Impact

Open to the public year-round, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is a vital cultural hub on the Carleton campus, connecting art, ideas and communities. CUAG’s active and engaging public program includes custom tours and educational activities inspired by our exhibitions and designed for diverse groups throughout the summer. These include Carleton students enrolled in early-summer and full-summer courses across disciplines, youth from Ottawa elementary and high schools, children participating in our sold-out Art + Sports Camps, and retirees enrolled in our weekly Summer Look Club.

All of these public programs are grounded in and inspired by the ideas raised by the artists who are featured in our exhibitions. By presenting and supporting Laura Taler’s THREE SONGS, CUAG will create timely, relevant and intergenerational conversations about migration, mobility and diaspora, some of the most significant issues of our time.

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