February 18, 2015
What’s your name?
So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?
I decided to intern with the Laundromat Project because it uses such a unique two-fold approach to promote both artistic production and community building. As a museum studies student, I am very interested in learning more about the non-profit art world and The LP is a great avenue to do so!
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
I don’t have specific creative practice in the traditional sense but regularly dance and take photographs of public and street art.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
The Mural Festival in Montreal is a public art project that has inspired me very much. It started as an idea from four residents in the diverse ethnic neighbourhood of the Plateau in Montreal and developed into a large-scale festival. During one weekend, artists from around the world painted on the walls of business owners on St Laurent street, with thousands of Montrealers coming together around the artworks. At the same time, local restaurants and store owners all brought their crafts on the sidewalks of the streets, creating a fun and engaging community experience for those who took part.
What is your favorite film?
Life as a House. It’s a movie from the 2000s that no one has ever seen – I’m not sure why it went under the radar but it’s a terrific coming of age story!
I don’t think I can pick a favorite food… but I could eat cheese and pickles everyday.
I can’t think of an album in particular, I’m more of a Youtube best-of playlist listener. Fat Freddy’s Drop is one of my favorite!
Where do you do your laundry?
I used to do my laundry at home for a very long time but I just moved into a new neighbourhood and started doing it in Quick Coin Avenue B Laundromat.
In your opinion, why does art matter?
I believe art serves as an agent of positive and meaningful change in society. It is a platform for creative expression that allows for dialogues, challenges, and relationship building that otherwise may not arise.
Houda Lazrak is a graduate student in Museum Studies at New York University. Born and raised in Morocco, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Montreal with majors in Cultural Anthropology and Human Geography. Her experiences at prestigious museums, along with her passion for public art, prompt her to continually view, photograph, and document art in diverse contexts, including museums, streets, galleries, and on the Internet. Houda hopes to share these finds to encourage dialogue and spark interests about the broader social contexts that govern artistic production throughout the world.