Poland / Canada
Johnny Forever Nawracaj is a non-binary Polish-born writer, performer and multidisciplinary artist currently based in Montreal. Their work weaves surrealist narrative through soft sculpture, video, gesture and drag-inflected performance to explore love, loss, and labour with a particular investment in these themes as a part of radical queer and trans cultural production.
Forever has shown video work at groups shows at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, in San the National Queers Arts Festival in San Francisco, The Coming Societee in Hong Kong, and the Seoul 12th International New Media Festival in the curated series Queers Can’t Wait (2012). In 2016, they held a residency at Struts & Faucet Media Arts Centre in Sackville New Brunswick with collaborator Gambletron. They have performed at 10th Encuentro presented by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Santiago, Chile; La Real Periferica in Valparaiso, Chile; the Miami Performance International Festival; HTMelles Feminist Festival of Media Arts and Digital Culture in Montréal; the Rhubarb Festival in Toronto; as well as other festivals, galleries, and DIY spaces internationally. They with a Master of Fine Arts degree from USC Roski School of Art and Design as an International Artist Fellow.