MONOMYTHS artist portrait, 2016. Photo by Henry Chan.
Collaborators since 1989, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan are among Canada’s best-known performance artists. They were catapulted into the international spotlight in their 20s with the performance and film We’re Talking Vulva. Since then, their live work and videos have been exhibited in diverse venues as far-ranging as women’s centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This Winnipeg-based duo has created installations (such as Archaeology and You for the Royal Ontario Museum) and books (such as Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World, Arbeiter Ring Press). To most, however, they are known simply as the Lesbian Rangers of Lesbian National Parks and Services. Their humourous, feminist and provocative works have been acclaimed as “one of the high-points of contemporary Canadian artistic production” (Border Crossings Magazine). Performance documentation and artifacts are held in the collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian History Museum, the DIA Centre and numerous university libraries across North America.
Conjuring the Archive by Jess Dobkin
Conjuring the Archive, will invite the audience to create a DEMPSEY AND MILLAN TALIXMXN, an energetic archive of the performances and projects of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.
MONOMYTHS Stage 2
Stage 2: Refusal of the Call
What is Being Refused or Your Local Sky Tonight by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
Five Holes: reminiSCENT
reminiSCENT, curated by Jim Drobnick and Paul Couillard, is the third installment in FADO’s performance series, Five Holes, which examines the significance of the body and the senses.