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Sonja Ahlers is an award winning visual artist and poet currently living in Whitehorse, Yukon. An autodidact without formal training, Ahlers both makes use of and has expanded upon the notion of the artist's book as a way to challenge the often closed system of the art gallery. Ahlers pushes the envelope of what an artist's book might be, in both her published work and her book-inspired installations that fill entire rooms.  Delicately fusing collage and text with a diary-like sincerity and contemporary social analysis through a feminist lens, Ahlers pioneers what could be called the ‘highbrow zine’, utilizing a style and voice developed in the North American west coast underground. With three published books Temper, Temper (1998), Fatal Distraction (2004) and The Selves (2010 by Drawn And Quarterly), she has honed the revolutionary DIY form into a mature and nuanced voice. Sonja Ahlers has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada and internationally. She was recently long listed for the Sobey Art Award.