Critical Discussion

Theory at Home

Maybe Gender Isn’t Fun? with Davis Plett

  • November 7, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone welcome to attend!

In her graduate show, New York-based artist Río Sofia critiqued the trans empowerment narrative, only to have the art school she was attending frame her work as exactly that. How do marginalized artists engage with institutional or cultural narratives about their identities? How do trans artists disrupt (or not) ideas of the canon, even canons of resistance like “women’s art?” How do we think about an artist’s context? In terms of identity? Medium? And, finally, is gender… fun?

Reading: Making Work in Her Own Image by Harron Walker in Out Magazine

  • Davis Plett

    Davis Plett’s work revolves around trauma, identity and wanting things. Their performance practice intertwines experimental memoir, the performance of presence, auto-fiction, lo-fi DIY tech-hacking and vaporware computing with trans-rational politics. Plett has participated in the CARTAE Open School, Video Pool’s Artists in New Media residency, 8Days8Jours, and FTA’s Conversations on Performance program, and they studied at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, Plug In ICA Summer Institute and Company Link. Their work has been programmed locally and nationally by Cluster Festival, Art Holm and SummerWorks.