2019_Bortuzzo-gNans Bortuzzo, 5Ws (detail), 2018, installation, digital print, variable dimensions

Nans Bortuzzo. 5Ws

Graduating master’s student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM

March 8 - April 13, 2019 

Opening: Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.

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Our personal information is now disseminated on the Internet, on social networks and in databases, and across borders. Our dependence on new technologies is resulting in the disappearance of our private sphere. The traces we leave on the Internet offer direct access to our most intimate thoughts. 5Ws is an attempt to reveal these traces from a digital archive containing the Internet queries and browsing history of more than half a million Americans. This data was recorded in 2016 without the users' knowledge and was anonymized before being published for research. The exhibition assembles a corpus of these queries encompassing personal realities. Both serious and frivolous, they bear witness to social issues and reflect the concerns of American society. By setting up a continuous play between past and present, individual and collective, Nans Bortuzzo raises broader questions on today’s America.

Canada Council for the Arts Canada Council for the Arts


Université du Québec à Montréal
1400, Rue Berri, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120
Montréal, Québec
Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
Free admission