Shameless Light

Apr 6, 2024
Field:

Performance

Location:

Rear gallery, Western Front

Time:

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Description:

To close the exhibition Feral Domestic by Dani and Sheilah ReStack, Western Front presented an iteration of the artists’ ongoing performance Shameless Light (2016—). For the performance, queer-identified women and non-binary community members have been invited to write love letters, which they will read aloud under red neon lights.

The work was initiated in Carrizozo, New Mexico following the 2016 US election, and has since been staged at galleries, universities, and project spaces across the United States. 

Shameless Light places articulations of queer love and desire into public space to be contended with as declaration of existence and disruption of heteronormative ideals; to create space for queer love as an unruly and generative act.

The evening began with a letter by Sheilah ReStack, followed by Ogheneofegor Obuwoma, Jen Sungshine, Sidney Gordon, Valérie d. Walker, Randy Lee Cutler, Amber Dawn, and Dani ReStack. After a short intermission, the ReStacks were joined by Western Front executive director Susan Gibb for a conversation about their collaborative practice, the Feral Domestic trilogy, and their desires for future stagings of Shameless Light.

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Captions:

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.