Valerie Syposz: A Momentary Glimpse



What is cultural identity and who rightfully owns the heritage of a people? A lot has been written about cultural appropriation recently. Can it be acceptable to appropriate another culture and if so, how do we define the border between appropriate and inappropriate?

Valerie Syposz is fascinated by how people view their own culture, how their culture is viewed by “outsiders”, and where those perceptions intersect. During her stay at LKV, she has produced work inspired by everyday experiences in Norway where she questions ownership of culture from both insider and outsider perspectives.

Valerie Syposz (b. in Ottawa, Canada 1984) received a BFA in painting and drawing from Concordia University in 2008. In 2010, she was selected as a MEXT Japanese Government Scholar recipient in Japan and completed a MFA in printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013. Her work is centered on traditional printmaking (e.g. lithography, linocut, wood engraving) often embellished with other techniques after printing. Valerie lives and work in Japan.


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