Webcams and social media sites have now become ubiquitous, integrated into our daily life; we have forgotten that they are silently watching the human condition. Images are shared and exchanged with little consideration for the content depicted. The once private space of the home, previously witnessed only by its inhabitants, is now available online for all to view. For some years, Cheryl Sourkes has been excavating webcams and social media sites, seeking suitable material to make works such as Everybody’s Autobiography (2012), Facebook Albums (2010), and BRB (2010). In these artworks she raises questions about the relationship between voyeurism and surveillance, and the boundaries between public and private.
Born in 1945 in Montreal, Cheryl Sourkes lives and works in Toronto. She studied psychology and biology at McGill University in Montreal before attending Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 2007, the National Gallery of Canada presented her travelling exhibition Public Camera, also shown at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, and Peak Gallery in Toronto. In 2012, her works were featured in the Desire exhibition hosted by the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway. Her works are in both private and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa; Museum London; the Seattle Art Museum; the Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
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Sept. 7 – Oct. 5, 2013 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
Opening Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm (meet the artist)