Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass


Exploring the mediating effect of personal documentation on the experience of memory and self-identity.


This Here Proves: We Are Fiction Non-Fiction is the most recent iteration of an ongoing series of video installations that mine personal and family home-video as a way to explore the complex and labarynthine concepts of memory and identity, as filtered through- and effected by- our attempts to capture and record our lives. Previous installments of This Here Proves have been shown in student exhibitions organized through Brock University.

This project aims to provide viewers with a new perspective on the genre of home-video as well as their own practices of self-documentation and presentation. Through the sharing of parallel familial histories, as seen captured on film- a simultaneous mix of both the candid and performed- viewers are invited to engage with these unfiltered memories, to look into these lives and reflect on their own histories. The work questions, in a confrontational albeit roundabout way, the function of memory in an age of photographic and video documentation, the role of this documentation in the performance and construction of identity, and asks: how has the camera changed your life?


Avery Mikolic-O’Rourke (Multimedia Artist) has maintained an active presence in the Niagara art and music scene since 2012. Producing work that combines performance with documentary, the artist is interested in exploring the many perspectives within singular moments, the relationship between memory and documentation, and the complex beauty of the banal.