The Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) Main Space Presents:
Dirty Douks – Spirrrit Wrrrestlerrrs
Exhibition Runs: March 11 – 22, 2019
Reception: March 14, 2019 6 pm – 8 pm
Main Mall at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly the Alberta College of Art + Design)
Artist’s Statement & Bio:
Dirty Douks negotiates the parallels within their queer and Doukhobor identities as resistive. Clumsy translations, tender dialogues and bright pink beet stains attempt to find the in-between of these identities. Using knowledge well known and unknown, Dirty Douks examines simultaneously the recalibration of history as well as the futility (or failure) of the passing on of generational history. Dirty Douks fumbles through the history of actions, failing to properly translate or neatly fit their queer bodies within the framework of Doukhobor(ness). Through the investigation of Doukhobor history and generational trauma within the lense of queerness and a tilted perspective, Dirty Douks creates an emotionally informed recalibration and reformation of Doukhobor history.
Dirty Douks is a collaboration between Alexa Bunnell and Skylar Eyre, both of Doukhobor descent, based on Treaty 7 Territory. Dirty Douks is primarily concerned with the intersection of queerness and Doukhobor identity, manifesting itself through performative works, video and photo.