Saturday, September 27, 2014
355 Clarence St
LOMAA is pleased to host the first participant in its Visiting Artist Program for a one-night only performance and artist talk by Saskatchewan-born and Toronto-based video/performance artist Thirza Cuthand. A reception with the artist will follow the talk.
This program is made possible through generous funding from The Canada Council for the Arts.
Thirza Cuthand’s performance, “I Could Kill Myself With My Panties” is based off a short story which is based off a real experience she lived through while being treated in a psychiatric hospital for manic psychosis. Frankly detailing the boredom of being institutionalized, Cuthand still brings a humourous and human aspect.
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, Hot Docs in Toronto, Imaginenative in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Out On Screen in Vancouver, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where her short Helpless Maiden Makes an ‘I” Statement won honourable mention. She completed her BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. In 1999 she was an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where she completed Through The Looking Glass. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg where she completed Boi Oh Boi. She has also written a feature screenplay called Bunnyhug and sometimes does performance art. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a Status Aboriginal (not Metis) and currently resides in Toronto, where is is completing an MA in Media Production at Ryerson.