Robie Schuler

Montreal, Canada


Robie Schuler is a multidisciplinary feminist artist from Germany.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2021). She has exhibited at the Georges-Émile Lapalme hall of the Place des Arts (2020) and is part of the 2020 cohort of artists from Artch. She was selected to submit a photography project to the BMO’s Premières Œuvres competition (2020). In 2021, she exhibited at the espace quincaillerie (online) and the UQAM gallery.

Schuler’s work combines various disciplines, from installation, video, silkscreening, printing, embroidery and performance. She addresses trace, memory and distance through metaphor, poetry, autofiction and writing. The artist regularly works in collaboration, including with members of her family.

About the artwork

Geschichte sur la distance et ce qui est proche (2020-2021)

Geschichte sur la distance et ce qui est proche is a work of autofiction that questions distance and closeness, both physical and emotional, in interpersonal relationships. The work takes a multitude of forms: installation, photography, print and performance.

In the performance, Schuler, her mother and her sister read a lyrical three-part narrative about their relationship to Germany, the German language and Schuler’s father (who still resides in Germany). The work also includes photographic paintings composed from letters her father sent her. Another painting illustrates a poem (translated from German) that the artist wrote to her father. The installation also includes messages that Schuler’s mother left for her when she and her sister went to their grandmother’s house for childcare. Schuler places this epistolary relationship of proximity in contrast with the one she has with her father. Finally, the work unfolds an installation of 6,000 silk-screened paper planes, reflecting the 6,000 km of physical distance of her relationship with her father.


747 Rue du Square-Victoria
Entrance St. Jacques West, Room 145
Residence completed

Photo : Camille Dubuc