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Artist Project | Cynthia Naggar | Open Studio

Updated: May 27, 2021

A collection of works in progress by April/May 2021 Virtual Artist in Residence, Cynthia Naggar.

“In my practice I have long been interested in exploring the natural cycles of the human body. This has led me to consider the menstrual cycle. Here I share some preliminary research - a compilation of clichés and classic paradigms around the fabulous world of the period from the last 50 years! “ --- Cynthia Nagger, Struts Artist-in-Residence

The videos and stills above are part of a new series of work reflecting on menstrual, cyclical and daily pains, always with the idea to open the discussion and break old taboos. Audio testimonials from women and men who describe their perceptions of menstrual pain are overlaid and starkly contrast images of periods in media and advertisements over the past 50 years . (video modified by data-moshing technique).

Sketch#1: A short video montage of sanitary napkin advertising, spanning from the 1970 to the 1990. Three words: FREEDOM, WINGS and FRESH!


Cynthia Naggar is a filmmaker and media artist trained in interactive media and motion design. She has created independent short films as well as numerous multidisciplinary performances and installations using video, 2D/3D animation, electronics, sound, and video mapping. In recent years, her work has focused on biofeedback and the idea of making the invisible within us visible.

Since the beginning of her career, she has had opportunities to present her work and complete artist residencies in several art spaces in Canada: Recto-Verso (Quebec city), Ada X (Montreal), Eastern Bloc (Montreal), La Bande Vidéo (Quebec City), Avatar, the 2016 ISEA Symposium in Vancouver, the Léonard-Parent Art Gallery (Rimouski) and Caravansérail (Rimouski). She also explores the documentary form. In 2019 she co-directed "Night Fair", a short experimental documentary film produced by the NFB.

Based in Montreal and often working solo, she has succeeded in building an artistic network not only in her own city, but also in the Lower St. Lawrence region and the Maritimes, where she lived for a few years. Although she has no formal academic training in contemporary art, she is constantly expanding her technological and artistic knowledge by participating in a variety of symposiums and festivals on electronic and digital art (including the KIKK Festival in Belgium and ISEA). She has also presented her work to her peers, at such events as the Labsession organized by the SAT and the CQAM.

Click here to view other Struts Artist in Residence, and here to visit Cynthia's artist page.


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