With the rise of anti-LGBTQIA2+ rhetoric, demonstrations, and legislation, the representation of queer bodies requires strategy. Though our visibility must be insisted on and our stories heard, exposure is always accompanied by targets. Christopher Lacroix’s solo exhibition 19,000 Scanned Anal Queefs and Counting employs methods of representing queerness and queer sexuality that evoke the queer body without relying on its renderings. Sculpture and photography illicit and document a repeated non-gendered, queer performance. Continuing the artist’s practice of hybrid fetish furniture and gym equipment, the exhibition consists of a machine designed to induce and scan anal queefs. Accompanying the machine are 19,000 laser prints of the scans covering the gallery walls. Gallery visitors are encouraged to take an anal queef home.
The exhibition is in partial fulfilment of the PhD in Contemporary Arts at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.
Christopher Lacroix (b. 1986, Edmonton) is a PhD student in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. His work yields queer perspectives through conceptually and formally absurd explorations of materials and objects. These queer perspectives are often a blend of humour, refusal, and aspirations for alternative relations or futures. Lacroix received an MFA from the University of British Columbia (2018) and a BFA from Toronto Metropolitan University (2012). In 2018 he was awarded the Lind Prize for emerging lens-based artists, and was long-listed for the 2021 Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award. He lives and works in Vancouver which is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.