The Haus of Bruce LaBruce

Dates

FIRST UK SOLO SHOW as part of And What? Queer. Arts. Festival

Exhibition:
28th October  – 12th November 2017
18+ over (adult content)

Additional Events

Opening Preview:
The Haus of Bruce LaBruce

Fri 27 Oct, 18.00 – 21.00
Featuring live performance from Katy Baird

Exhibition tour with curator Bren O’Callaghan
Sat 28 Oct / 13.00 – 14.00 / Gallery 46

Free Bruce LaBruce: Shorts screening
Sat 28 Oct / 15.30-17.00 / The Glory
Featuring rare early shorts by Bruce LaBruce and a Q&A with Bruce LaBruce/Ben Walters

Flood the Basement: Performance club party
Sat 28 Oct / 22.00 – late / Vogue Fabrics Dalston
Featuring live performance by No Bra, Marilyn Misandry, the Go-Go Ghouls and DJs J.Aria / Bruce LaBruce w/ Jonathan Johnson +more

Tour with João Florêncio
Lecturer in history of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at University of Exeter
Sat 11 Nov / 14.00-15.00
Free

For more info on events please see www.andwhatfest.com

Artists

Bruce LaBruce / Damien Blottiere / Jonathan Johnson / Katy Baird

Information

Bruce LaBruce is an internationally acclaimed queer filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto. He has made ten feature-length movies and multiple shorts, exhibited around the world and was most recently honoured with a retrospective at the Modern of Modern Art, New York. The Haus of Bruce LaBruce is his FIRST UK solo show, presenting work from his archives – including never-before-seen material – through to new projects from the present day. Also featuring works by collaborators Damien Blottiere and Jonathan Johnson.

This exhibition, the first of its type in the UK, profiles the powerful, the provocative, the playful, the pornographic and the problematic nature of the LaBrucian lens. It is unashamedly raw and visceral; but scratch the bloodstained surface and you see glimpses of tenderness, affection and naked truths, reflections on past and acutely current politics, gender divides and sexual positivity. The visual potency of Bruce’s imagery demonstrates a keen eye and intentional fast hand, with a sensitivity that walks the line between the collaborative gaze and your own voyeurism, between exploitation and initiation.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England
Additional thanks to Jack Sanders

Curated by Bren O’Callaghan and Andrew Ellerby

Biography

For over a quarter-century the auteur/provocateur known as Bruce LaBruce has been disrupting, dissecting, and disrobing in the name of cinema. Blasted into the demimonde of underground punk moviemaking with his feature debut, No Skin Off My Ass, LaBruce quickly established that, while he was certainly game for exploring the messy, sticky zones of fringe film, he was actually the unholy product of arthouse auteurism. From Robert Altman to Federico Fellini and Werner Herzog, LaBruce mines the sacred texts of the canon and inserts his own revolutionary gay-sex-positive narratives. Layered with scathing wit and a fundamental rejection of capitalist control over the mind and body, his films take to task the mainstream porn industry as well as Hollywood. In this spirit, he has collaborated with actors—like Slava Mogutin, Tony Ward, and Francois Sagat—who swing between art and commerce, fashion and filth, the avant-garde and the boulevard. Bruce LaBruce’s particular brand of regal queer fecundity has spawned a generation of feral filmmakers (and ravenous audiences) willing to go a step beyond where Jack Smith, John Waters, and Andy Warhol brought us.

LaBruce has written not one but two premature memoirs; The Reluctant Pornographer (Gutter Press, 1999) and The Porn Diaries: How To Succeed In Hardcore Without Really Trying (Editions Moustache, 2016), and has had two books published about his work: Ride, Queer, Ride, from Plug-In Gallery in Winnipeg, and Bruce(x)ploitation, a monograph from his Italian distributor, Atlantide Entertainment. LaBruce has contributed to a variety of international magazines, newspapers and websites as both a writer and photographer, including index magazine, for which he also acted as a contributing editor, Vice, The National Post, Purple Fashion, The Guardian UK, and many others. He maintains a frequent and erudite blog on forgotten and discarded cinema. (MOMA)

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