Mid May – Precise date to come!
** The information below will evolve as the artists imagine an online exploration of QUEER BODY POLITIC**
QUEER BODY POLITIC – Performing the Archive
Devised by our curator-in-residence* Aaron Pollard
This year’s curator-in-residence is Aaron Pollard, a mid-career artist with a long history with Studio 303 as part of the performance duo 2boys.tv.
Aaron is devising an evening of performance that embodies generational memory through the lens of queer history. In collaboration with our intern Abigail Stushnoff, Aaron will explore Studio 303’s 30 years of archives in search of works that speak to memory, history and a queer body politic. From there he will investigate emerging practices by younger artists so as to underline the importance of collective memory in nourishing queer culture as a social and political entity.
Aaron Pollard is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural worker and educator living in Montreal. Under the moniker of 2boys.tv and in collaboration with Stephen Lawson, Pollard has presented performances, installations and single-channel videos to audiences in Montreal, across Canada and internationally. He possesses decades of experience making art and teaching creative processes in correlation to video production, sound, music, projection, installation and performance. He has engaged periodically in curatorial work, having developed programming for Image+Nation film festival in the 1990s and through his contributions to OBORO’s programming as Head of Research for their multimedia sector. He has written essays for exhibitions by Allison Moore and Eman Haram and has published articles and reviews in Parachute, P-Form, The Canadian Theatre Review and Performance Research.
Abi Stushnoff is a transdisciplinary artist with a spectrum of interests including puppetry, analog and digital technologies, somatic dance practices, cyborg theatrics, still and moving image making, among other things. She graduated from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program in 2018. During her time in Toronto, she developed Out of the Shadows, an original play which was performed in the 2017 Paprika Festival (Toronto). Abi is also a filmmaker with her first short film, Orange You Glad, premiering at the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (2018). Abi currently studies at Concordia University, undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Intermedia CyberArts and Design for the Theatre. She is currently the performance archive intern for Studio 303’s curator-in-residence Aaron Pollard (2boys.tv) and assistant director for Cathia Pagotto’s latest devised production Marić at the Lake which premiers in March 2020 at Concordia University’s D.B. Clarke Theatre.
*Studio 303 offers an annual residency for one emerging performance curator. The residency provides a framework for developing ideas through research, discussion and practice.
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