Alexis Mitchell Performing CAMP

FAG Satellite @ Access Gallery

Performing CAMP / Alexis Mitchell / September 13-15

Reception: Friday September 14th, 8pm (Purim party/Costumes are encouraged!)

Performing CAMP engages 3 types of camp environments in order to re-evaluate and re-tell traditional Jewish narratives. Using a queer reading of the Purim story, the censored passages in Anne Frank’s diary, and an analysis of the cultural and historical significance of a haircut, the work reveals the ways in which secrets haunt the surface of our contemporary cultural moments. Performing CAMP is framed through a play on the word ‘camp’ utilizing a camp sensibility amidst an analysis of temporary built environments. Through this frame I engage with what narratives we choose to tell and what we labour to keep hidden.

Performance Schedule
Thursday, September 13 12-5: Control – The Barber Shop
*Barber available for haircuts (Drop-in or contact Access for an appointment)

Friday, September 14 12-5: Autonomy – The Performance Space
*Barber available for haircuts

Friday, September 14 8pm – Reception
(Dress to impress!)
If possible, please bring costume items and things that make noise that you would be willing to leave at Access to be picked up on Sunday Sept 16
*Hair stylist available (up-dos available upon request)

Saturday, September 15 12-5: Necessity – The Camp
*Last day of performances, no barber on-site

Performing CAMP is the second in a series of installations by emerging Feminist artists in conjunction with the FAG Satellite @ Access.

Alexis Mitchell is a Toronto-based media artist and educator whose videos and installations have shown at festivals and in galleries throughout the world. Her work explores notions of queerness, architecture, memory, performativity, and nuanced understandings of contemporary Jewish identity and politics. Mitchell received her MFA in Film and Video Production from York University where her thesis video CAMP won the award for Best Upcoming Director at the World Film Festival in Montreal.

Alongside her independent practice, Mitchell works collaboratively with other artists to produce interdisciplinary works. Collaborations include: a commissioned video project with Tori Foster for Toronto Pride entitled Queeropolis: Toronto 1972-2008, and various multi-media projects with Sharlene Bamboat including Border Sounds, a performative sound and video installation for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2011. Currently, she is in production on a number of new works including STEALTH a performative video in collaboration with Chase Joynt, and The Break an experimental documentary exploring gender and the singing voice. Mitchell currently works as a freelance video artist, editor and facilitator and is a member of Pleasure Dome’s Programming Collective.

Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, our members and volunteers. Access is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres.