Ageing (Wo)Men and their World
Ageing (Wo)Men and their World will showcase the cross-cultural complexity of the ageing experience through a medley of still and moving images of elders in Montreal projected from the windows of the Samuel Bronfman building. It is a response to the limited representations of ageing in popular culture. The exhibition’s theme is guided by a remix of Nuit Blanche’s Expo theme—the Man and his World.
The exhibition is both a way for the public to take notice of Concordia’s community engagement with communities of elders, and a direct extension of the ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technologies) mandate that addresses the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies.
Ageing (Wo)Men and their World will demonstrate the enthusiastic and active world of elders in Montreal and the different projects that they do.
Spectators will be immersed in the world of Montreal residents moving in windows of the Samuel Bronfman ‘ACT Pavilion’ at Concordia University.
This exhibition is funded by ACT through a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Magdalena Olszanowski is an artist, PhD candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University, and image coordinator and facilitator at ACT. She has created photography workshops with elders in Montreal since 2014. Her research is focused on the self-imaging practices of women of all ages. She is also currently the photographer and videographer of Ageing Waves, a multimedia project focused on Quebecois Ondes Martenot players. Her image-based work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Sydney, London and Amsterdam.
Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT) is a research project that addresses the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies. Its director, Kim Sawchuk, is also the Mobile Media Lab Director and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University. She has participated in Nuit Blanche with various projects in the past.