I AM TELLING YOU I AM REALLY HERE
soJin Chun, Thirza Cuthand, oualie frost, Séamus Gallagher, Bridget Moser
November 20th - December 19th, 2020
Organized by Bridget Moser

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I Am Telling You I Am Really Here presents a selection of short videos of artists performing alone for the camera.

Thirza Jean Cuthand - Lessons in Baby Dyke Theory (1995)
oualie frost - ADinHD (2018)
Séamus Gallagher - THINKING OF YOU THINKING OF ME (2019)
soJin Chun - Treasure Hill Camouflage (2012)
Bridget Moser - A Plant Growing Where a Plant Should Not Be Growing (2020)

Total runtime: 17 minutes

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Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and Indigeneity. She is a non-binary Butch boy who uses She/Her pronouns. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

oualie frost is an interdisciplinary artist and writer currently based in “Calgary” (Mohkínstsis/Treaty 7 lands). Their practice explores and works through personal experiences of mental health, neurodivergence and (bi)racial challenges using humour, video performance, text, and critique. Needing to find and validate intuitive and alternative ways of making outside of the unhelpful standards laid out by capitalism and professionalism, their process stems from efforts towards a more accessible, inclusive world.

Séamus Gallagher is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Moncton, New Brunswick. Their work explores themes of identity and performativity with a focus on self-portraiture, where they construct complex, colourful spaces, blending photography and text with installation and performance. They have developed a process of digitally modelling drag-influenced masks, costumes, headpieces, and breastplates, which they then convert into paper templates to be physically constructed.

soJin Chun is a Toronto-based artist who explores alternative dialogues that emerge in-between cultures and disciplines. Chun's artistic practise is inspired by her Korean diasporic experience in Bolivia and Canada, that has allowed her to navigate spaces in-between cultures and languages. By exploring artists, exhibitions and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations, she aims to create an inclusive dialogue about contemporary art that is socially-engaged. Collaboration is an essential part of her process as she has worked extensively with BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada and South America.

Chun has participated in artist residencies, festival screenings and exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Through these International opportunities, she has developed a collaborative art practice to investigate local narratives of political struggles from communities fighting to overcome the effects of colonization and globalization. soJin's video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto).

Bridget Moser is a performance and video artist whose work has evolved through the use of strategies associated with prop comedy, experimental theatre and performance art. Her work focuses thematically on inner basic feelings, anxiety of the self, communication breakdowns, the articulation of meaninglessness, the absurdities and subtle horrors of life under late capitalism, the obstructive tendencies of whiteness and feelings of impending doom.

Organized by Bridget Moser, with many thanks to all of the artists for having made this work and for their participation; to Paul Tjepkema for his collaboration, videography, and partnership; to Natasha Chaykowski for first curating my work alongside oualie frost’s in 2018; and to and Franz Kaka for supporting this project.