OBJECT - BODY: UNEXPECTEDLY ECSTATIC
You are invited to OBJECT BODY: UNEXPECTEDLY ECSTATIC. Three artists of different genres take new works for a test drive, with the companionship of an intimate audience.
I'm thinking about movement and agency, as a red thread between three motion/movement based performances. Additionally, "OBJECT-BODY: UNEXPECTEDLY ECSTATIC" seeks to cross-genre pollinate, as a way to grow new audiences and support artists at critical moments in the process of developing an artwork.
Excerpts of new movement/dance performance works will be performed by:
Leslie Freeman (burlesque & human anomaly/sideshow artist, and disability activist)
The performances will be followed by a brief conversation and light refreshment.
Each of these artists has a gestural, live art practice which includes unique relationships to fixity, to objects and to motivity. Each artist will show an excerpt of a work in progress. "OBJECT-BODY: UNEXPECTEDLY ECSTATIC" is curated by artist Tobaron Waxman.
You are invited to join the artists as companions in critical engagement. Leslie Freeman, Kenya Robinson and Jesse Zaritt, are three artists each of whom I have had conversations with about embodied gesture and agency that permanently changed me. You are invited to enjoy some cross-pollination with us. "OBJECT-BODY: UNEXPECTEDLY ECSTATIC" is my last curatorial offering in USA before I move to Germany for the year. I hope you can join us.
Studio Maya is a wheelchair accessible space. (in washroom no ramp or transfer bars)
Curatorial statement, work descriptions and artists bios available upon request.
Photo documentation of the performances by Nogga Schwartz:
LESLIE FREEMAN: "One: Striptease for Floor Dance"
KENYA ROBINSON: "Sack of Stars"
JESSE ZARITT: "Object/abject study"
Emerging photo artist Nogga Schwartz is an invited guest artist participant. (this is more than just an over artspeaked way to say he's taking photos of the work) Rather than attend as a passive observer, Nogga will engage the evening as a photo artist.
THE INTERGENERATIONAL LGBT ARTISTS RESIDENCY (2013 - ongoing)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ILGBTArtistResidency
"There is a need and a shared vision of intergenerational Queer community, for a future inspired by a critical engagement with our queer histories, rather than by assimilation. Whether you are 'emerging', 'established', or an inbetweenster, please consider applying! During the 2 week residency there will also be presentations that are free and open to the public, I truly hope to see you there." (from the application announcement.)By exploring Canadian LGBT art history and artistic practice, while supporting artists and art production, we could foster communication across generational lines with this community building initiative that highlights the trajectory and longevity of LGBT art both historically and reaching into the future.
While an artist is still alive, it is imperative to create opportunities to connect new dots, cross-pollinate, have intergenerational conversations, be students together, argue. This is a reciprocity and investment simultaneously.
The inaugural INTERGENERATIONAL LGBT ARTIST RESIDENCY took place in August 2013 and was funded by the Ontario Arts Council. For two weeks, five Queer artsists of a range of ages, gender identity and medium were provided room and board and studio space at Artscape Gibraltar Point, a retreat centre on the Toronto Island. Applications were selected by an esteemed panel of Canadian artists, also reflecting a range of Queer, cultural and professional arts experience. Canadian and international curators, artists and thinkers were invited to join the residents for catered meals on the island, and to give studio visits. The residency concluded with a catered open house event, which included live art and discussion, and ended watching the sunset on the beach.
TOPOGRAPHIXX (2011 - 2014)
TOPOGRAPHIXX 2: Therapeutic Citizen (2013).
With TOPOGRAPHIXX 2: Therapeutic Citizen I'm thinking about biopolitics, healthcare, and inhabitance vs citizenship as determined by access to wellness. If you're aware of artworks asking related questions, video art especially, by artists on a queer-trans spectrum, please let me know about it. :)
Nguyen defines therapeutic citizenship as "a biopolitical citizenship, a system of claims and ethical projects that arise out of the conjugation of techniques used to govern populations and manage individual bodies", which may not always fit well with the local identities of those who at the receiving ends of biomedical treatment regimes ([: p.126]. Nguyen V: Antiretroviral Globalism, Biopolitics, and Therapeutic Citizenship. In Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Edited by Ong A, Collier S. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing; 2005:124-144.)
TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the landscape (2011). Curated by Tobaron Waxman.
An international program of video art concerned with landscape, border, zone and territory, in a transgender spectrum. TOPOGRAPHIXX presents a number of short films and videos which engage a variety of geographies and sites both natural and urban with political and esthetic strategies that harken back to feminist concerns with landscape, while simultaneously pushing forward into new territories of transfeminist representation. These works are in synch with my thoughts and aspirations for curation of work by trans people as well as the cultivation of a more intersectional discourse around gender, border trauma, territory and power.
Click here to see a trailer for "TOPOGRAPHIXX: Trans in the Landscape", as well as descriptions of the tapes.
RADICAL DRAG: Transformative Performance (2008)
A consideration of radical drag as a form of artistic practice, the exhibition Radical Drag: Transformative Performance showcases the work of 20 Canadian and international artists who have each transgressed accepted societal standards of sexual and gender representation through performance, video, photography and wearable art. Expanding or even ignoring the expected values of mainstream drag, these artists confront issues of sexuality, gender, race, trauma and otherness in bold new ways. A worldwide phenomena that has often brought forth political and social change, radical drag is finally legitimized in an uncompromising exhibition that is sure to transform viewers and their vision of art.
Works by Ron Athey, Leigh Bowery, Steven Cohen, Shawna Dempsey + Lorri Milan, China Doll, Fergus Greer, Andrew Harwood, Rafaat Hattab, M. Lamar, Tanya Mars, Mikiki, Kent Monkman, Zanele Muholi, Harold Offeh, Virginia Puff Paint, Mirha Soleil Ross, Emily Roysdon, Atif Siddiqi, Del La Grace Volcano.
GenderFluXXXors UnCoded (2004)
"I'm very big with shadows, ya know. I can slip in and out of 'em like wind through a fence." Anybodys - West Side Story (Act II sc. 2)(1961)
Whose bodies are documented in the archive? "GenderFluXXXors UnCoded" is a performance lecture of clips from the history of transmasculine erotic film and video, from the 1980s to present day.
Proceeds from the performance and sale of fine art prints are collected in support of Kat Grant and Boyd Kodak, whose health and extensive personal archive of trans related media were destroyed by environmental toxic disaster when a City of Toronto construction crew broke a pipe under their house. They lost all their belongings, including a lifetime's worth of archived international video, audio, film and periodicals representing the TS/TG experience. They continue to require frequent hospitalizations and they remain uncompensated by government / civic authorities. They have made a series of reality based comic books about these events, which can be seen here.