Mika Goodfriend is a visual artist born in Montreal. His work is largely concerned with identity, belonging and culture as it is uniquely expressed through aesthetics. Interested in the intimate living spaces of others, he explores what being a Quebecer means to him by engaging with those who feel they are woven into its cultural fabric.
Artistic project : Snowbirds
In Pompano Beach, Florida lies Breezy Hill RV Resort, a 4-block trailer park where Québécois retirees migrate every year, fleeing the bitter winter in Canada. Their taste and dreams formed by the consumption of American culture and ideals; carefree living, surrounded by leisure and fun. Those who flock to Breezy Hill have created their own living utopia. Seen from an outsider looking in, the work questions notions of collective identity, cultural patrimony, the leisure class, aesthetics, and who represents ‘the other’. As a lifestyle and community that is not being replaced by a younger generation, the work memorializes an ‘endangered species’, one that is an integral part of Quebec’s identity—aiming to foster an insight into a culture and people that remain uniquely foreign to me.
Audioguide : listen to the artist’s reflexion on the theme « Play and Distraction »
© Mika Goodfriend