RESISTERECTOMY juxtaposes the narrative of trans sex reassignment surgeries with the narrative of cancer surgeries – mastectomy and hysterectomy – the same surgeries, organized in relation to very different modes of telling, showing and embodiment. RESISTERECTOMY is a 4-part multi-media moving image, picture and text installation that challenges the boundaries of a gendered body through the examination and infiltration of, in and on various medical procedures and spaces.
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I began this project in search of a counter-narrative to my experiences of mastectomy and hysterectomy as they relate to gender and embodiment. What I discovered was an artistic and intellectual collaboration that served to collapse the boundaries of a gendered body as they relate to these surgeries; and conversation that complicated the very notion of a counter-narrative in service of greater things lost and now gained. As a transgender man, I highlight these surgical experiences as both highly contentious and ultimately pivotal turning points in the formation of my (de)gendered sense of self. The various trajectories illuminated by and through my collaboration with Mary Bryson have caused me to further underscore the impact of institutions on these narratives; and subsequently inspired me to create work that exists at the liminal points of transgression, between the controlled management of public bodies and the articulation of embodiment.
RESISTERECTOMY was curated by The Feminist Art Gallery in Toronto and first presented as a solo exhibition in collaboration with Mary Bryson at Access Gallery in Vancouver, BC.
Single Screen Exhibitions:
The 15th Seoul International New Media Festival. Seoul, Korea. August, 2015 (single channel feature)
Korea Queer Film Festival. Seoul, Korea. June, 2015 (single channel feature)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Chicago, IL. March, 2015 (public talk with Kristen Schilt)
New York University. New York, NY. February, 2015 (lecture)
Reel Out Queer Film and Video Festival. Kingston, ON. January, 2015 (single channel feature)
GenderBlending. Brussels, Belgium. November, 2014 (single channel feature)
MIX NYC Festival. New York, NY. November, 2014 (single channel feature)
New York Academy of Medicine. New York, NY. October, 2014 (public lecture)
Inside Out Film and Video Festival. Toronto, Ontario. June, 2014 (single channel feature)
Queer City Cinema. Regina, Saskatchewan. May, 2014 (single channel feature)
University of Manchester. Manchester, UK. May, 2014 (public lecture with Dr. M. K. Bryson)
James S. Hall '34 Memorial Gallery
Princeton, NJ 08544
Artist Talk: March 24, 2014
Level Ground Film Festival
70 N. Raymond Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 91103
Artist Talk: February 22, 2014 at 11am.
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
University of Chicago
929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Artist talk: November 13, 2013 at 3pm.
Anna Leonowens Gallery
1891 Granville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Artist talk: September 18, 2013 at 12pm.
222 East Georgia St.
Vancouver, British Columbia