Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have collaborated for a decade. They are based in Winnipeg, Canada. They are two of Canada’s best known queer performance artists. They make some very funny feminist videos as well as live performances, and public art projects. Employing humour is important to them, when they voice their social concerns and challenge the mainstream sexual assumptions and lesbian invisibility.
Super Feminist, video produced, directed, and written by Dempsey and Millan, 2008 . Quicktime is required to view this video.
They have toured extensively in North America, Australia, Japan and Europe, and their videos have been screened in grassroot non-art spaces as well as in museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York. In their videos they subvert, pervert and twist the accepted meanings and make parodies of different characters in order to re-tell the tales in a queer setting. In their videos you can for example meet butch Canadian national park rangers or Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman was a cartoon heroine created in the 1940’ies. In their video ‘Super Feminist’, starring Shawna Dempsey in the titular role, Dempsey and Millian have reworked the Wonder Woman opening sequence from the 1970’s television show and a new superhero kicks butt and saves us!
Visit Canadian artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan’s website. On their website you can find a filmography, video clips and trailers.
Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millian’s website Finger in The Dyke Productions
You may think that I am referring to my personal life, but I am not. “Looking for love in all the wrong places” is a postering project/networking project for queer artists to collaborate, takeover and discuss safe spaces for queers in Alberta, Canada and beyond. If you are in Alberta watch out for poster and artworks with radical queer messages in the streets.
The postering project has presented works by the following queer women – Karen Campos (Edmonton), Megan Morman and Cindy Baker (Saskatoon), Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan (Winnipeg) and Anthea Black (Calgary) with a special postcard edition by Carol Maxwell (Texas). And if you submit your designs could perhaps be the next artist to be chosen for production of a poster!
Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - queer public space takeover postering wank-out!!!
Queer artists and activists are invited to send submissions of 2-3 colour silkscreen poster designs in the following formats:
SIZE: any dimensions up to 17 X 22 (cut outs and tiled designs welcome)
IMAGE + PREP: images should be high contrast (linear drawings, text, shapes) separated into transparency layers for each of the planned colours.
THEMES: “looking for love in all the wrong places” could refer to anti-queer bashing, queer public safety, public sex, lesbionage, raucous public displays of radical queer affection, outdoor meeting spaces for networking + organizing, queertopias, gentrification + failed gayborhoodz, your city’s mass queer exodus or seeking partners…in crime!
For more details about how to submit your poster designs visit the “Looking for love in all the wrong places” webpage or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about the artists who has contributed to the project.