Sexuality, queerness, re-construction, and mimicry: Presentation by video artist Sharlene Bamboat | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Sexuality, queerness, re-construction, and mimicry: Presentation by video artist Sharlene Bamboat

March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Video Still from VHS, courtesy of the artist

Video still from VHS, courtesy of the artist

Screening her new work-in-progress, Video Home System (VHS), artist Sharlene Bamboat will discuss the way Western pop culture was exported to Pakistan in the 1990s through pirated VHS tapes. Using found footage and re-enactments, Bamboat explores the movement and migration of pop culture through boot-leg economies and the intersection between nationalism, free trade, and queer iconography. Using autobiography, memory and mimicry, her work plays with ‘queer’ reconstructions of 90s pop culture to question how border crossings transform the meaning of cultural objects in transnational circuits of mobility. 

Biography

Sharlene Bamboat (b. 1984, Pakistan) is an artist working predominantly in film, video and installation. Her works have exhibited at galleries and festivals internationally, including Entzaubert Queer Film Festival (Berlin), the Images Festival (Toronto), Les Complices* (Zurich), and Vasakh Film Festival (Lahore). She also works collaboratively with artist Alexis Mitchell, under the name Bambitchell; the duo were artists-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany (2016-2017), and join the MacDowell Artist Colony as fellows in Spring 2018.  Bamboat currently lives and works between Toronto and Pittsburgh.

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