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Sophia Borowska is a Montréal-based artist and researcher working in fibres, sculpture, and installation. Her work questions and challenges systems of power and control in urban environments, online spaces, and in the art world, through textiles and the manipulation of threads. The evocative powers of material and process are harnessed to create proposals for an embodied and haptic – rather than detached and visual – mode of experience.

Site specificity, the power of place, and the body's relationship to architecture and urban spaces are some of Borowska's major motivations. Industrial areas void of human presence are recurring sites of interest, as are underground transportation, deserted construction sites, or closed-off buildings, which all reveal the inner workings of cities and the systems that make them run.

Her Jacquard weaving-research practice seeks conceptual links between weaving and digital culture, given that industrialized punch-card weaving technology developed alongside the first computers. Developing a theory of weaving as subversion, Borowska's work demonstrates that weaving is well suited to the interpretation of the uneasy products of the digital age due to its own uneasy place within the art historical canon, as well as its particularly tactile nature.

She holds a BFA, with great distinction, from Concordia University in Montréal, and a diploma in Textiles from Capilano University in BC, Canada. She is a member of the Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster under Milieux Institute at Concordia. Borowska has exhibited work in Canadian artist-run centres, galleries, festivals, and DIY spaces, and has presented research and been published in Canada and the United States.


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