Strike, Dip, Spin

Yuii Savage

June 19—22, 2019, 5PM to late. 

The Royal Canadian Legion #1, Top Floor

Exhibition Description

Strike, Dip, Spin, is a site-specific video installation employing vogue dancing as a queer intervention in public spaces. The work poses the voguing body as a metaphor for the politics of queer identities surviving in complex social terrains. The ceiling of the Legion is replaced with a dance floor where bodies can be watched but remain untouched. It becomes a space for experiencing agency and resistance as dancers move through improvised and femme-styles performance. Labouring bodies respond to ideas of identity performance and interrogate the role that culture plays in the construction and constitution of gender.

Artist Biography

Yuii Savage is an interdisciplinary artist and writer currently completing their BFA at the Alberta University of the Arts on Treaty 7 Territory. They work with video, performance and sculpture to investigate the labouring queer body through modes of resistance such as social media poetics, celebratory dancing and future broadcasts. They are Coordinator for the Marion Nicoll Gallery and Director of The Pidgin Collective.

Territorial Acknowledgments 

TNG gratefully acknowledges its home on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, including the Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani and Siksika), Métis Nation of Alberta Region III, Stoney Nakoda First Nation (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley), and Tsuu T’ina First Nation. TNG would also like to acknowledge the many other First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have crossed this land for generations.

Presented in partnership with The New Gallery and Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.