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Laura Gildner is an intermedia artist currently living and working on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. In her practice, Gildner often collaborates with communities and subcultures to create performative, event-based productions and installations.
Informer is a multi-channel video installation of nine amateur hip hop emcees hailing from various cities and towns across Canada. Each emcee’s life-sized video portrait is filmed in a single extended take, meticulously choreographed in real time to create a makeshift rap battle when viewed as a whole. This fragmented chorus presents nine individuals in various states of anticipation and allocution, hungry to be seen and heard.
Informer is a poignant and provocative rumination on performative masculinity, fanaticism, aspirational struggle, and whiteness. Uniquely willing to expose their vulnerability — often with a piercing earnestness — each subject attempts to situate themselves within popular hip hop discourse while acknowledging, ignoring, and/or grappling with the cultural appropriation inherent to their positions as emcees. Over the course of the work, tensions between representation and reality begin to reveal themselves as the participants await their turn under the scrutiny of the camera.
This exhibition was originally produced in partnership with the 2020 edition of Capture Photography Festival but was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Laura Gildner is an intermedia artist currently living and working on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Her works often involve collaborating with niche and makeshift communities to create performative and event-based productions which are later translated into video installations, photographs, and re-imagined forms of archive. Most recently Gildner has exhibited at AKA, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Paved Arts, and the Polygon. She is the 2020 recipient of the Lind Prize in Photography, Film, and Video Art, and graduated from the University of Victoria in 2019.