Miss Canadiana in Dakar, Senegal with guard
photo by Wayne Dunkley
Miss Canadiana website
In Camille Turner's latest performance works, she portrays Miss Canadiana, a beauty queen on an international Red White and Beautiful Tour. The piece is part of a series of live, site-specific performances in which she uses her body as a site of social investigation. Dressed in tiara, sash and gown, Turner inserts herself into public spaces and records the sometimes surprising public responses.
She has taken this project into various international and Canadian locations. This summer she will travel to Mexico, Baja California and small towns across Canada.
Miss Canadiana at the Savoy Hotel, London, UK
Like many Canadians, Camille's cultural identity has been defined through the guise of "multiculturalism", as a fetishized display of "diversity" rather than an integral part of the fabric of Canadian culture. In response, she transformed herself into Miss Canadiana, an icon that challenges assumptions about Canadian identity and normative beauty. The public takes part in this project as an integral part of the live events and video/web documentation that blurs the line between "reality" and fiction.
The Miss Canadiana: Red White and Beautiful exhibition consists of an installation of articles from Camille's collection: "fabulous Canadiana kitsch museum" and videos of the Red White and Beautiful tour. Miss Canadiana is available for performances in the space and appearances in public spaces.
Miss Canadiana's Fabulous Canadiana kitsch museum
Camille Turner is a Toronto-based media/performance artist and cultural producer. She is a founding member of Year Zero One, a media arts collective which acts as a network for the dissemination of net.art and digital culture. She has presented her collaborative projects, community engagements, public performance and digital interventions at venues such as: Dak’art lab 2004, La Biennale de l’art Africain contemporain, Senegal and Skinning our Tools: Designing for Context and Culture at the Banff New Media Institute. She was a visiting artist at Interaktions-Labor, an experimental media arts research lab in an abandoned coal mine in Gottelborn, Germany and The Container Project, a mobile media arts lab in a shipping container in rural Jamaica initiated by mervin Jarman from the (h)activist collective, Mongrel. Camille is currently artist-in residence at Central Neighbourhood House, a social agency in downtown east Toronto. Miss Canadiana is one of her most recent works.
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