Events at The Third Place

Allison Bolah at the Third Place - Saturday, August 9th

How is the Freudian concept of motherhood (dis)connected with cultural ideas of motherhood? How have our relationships with our mothers shaped our personal origin stories and worldviews? How do our concepts of motherhood impact our expectations of educators? The Third Place Gallery invites you to “Tell Me About Your Mother,” a new video project by multimedia artist Allison Bolah that touches on all of these questions.


To create this work, Allison filmed interviews with educators she felt close to, then removed the dialogue. What remains, after the sound and speech have been edited out, is footage from moments just before and after questions are asked. These videos explore Allison’s interest in language and how we create complex worlds of human relationships out of the smallest information: gestures, words, notations. This event will screen several video pieces from the project, and feature an opportunity to dialogue with Allison about her process and the ideas behind the work.


When: Saturday, August 9 @ 7 pm

            Ping pong and karaoke to follow


Where: The Third Place Gallery

            3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B, MPLS


Suggested Donation: $5 - $10





Allison Bolah was born in Alberta, Canada. Her installations include photographs, multimedia and paper-based work. She completed her MFA in Visual Studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


Prior to pursing her MFA, Allison taught high school Language Arts in South Florida for eight years. She has and continues to participate in collaborative and educational artistic endeavors that join community and academic work with her studio practice. She has spearheaded multidisciplinary group shows and professional development workshops for the MCAD MFA community, presented research at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Graduate and Undergraduate Art History Symposium, developed book arts projects as the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Collegiate Fellow, and is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant in support of her project Tell Me About Your Mother.

For Allison's website, click here.

Allison Bolah is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Intiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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