Artist Talk: Bruce LaBruce

    George Nebieridze, Bruce LaBruce, 2021
George Nebieridze, Bruce LaBruce, 2021

Join queercore legend Bruce LaBruce for a conversation about his photography with AGO Program Curator, Performance and Live, Bojana Stancic. While Bruce LaBruce rose to international prominence with his transgressive and subversive films, photography has always been a key part of his practice. His photography books Death Book and Photo Ephemera (in two volumes), from Baron Books, have been published in the past several years, the former a collection of his most extreme images, many taken during live performances, the latter two consisting of a visual autobiography of sorts, constructed with personal snapshots, moments with lovers, friends, trips, and behind the scenes clips from his films.

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Bruce LaBruce is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto. Along with a number of short films, he has written and directed fourteen feature films, including Gerontophilia, which won the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal in 2013, and Pierrot Lunaire, which won a Teddy Award at the Berlinale in 2014. As a photographer he has had numerous gallery shows around the world, including Obscenity at La Fresh Gallery in Madrid which caused a national ruckus in Spain in 2012. His film Saint-Narcisse was named one of the top 10 films of 2021 by John Waters in Artforum. His latest porn feature, The Affairs of Lidia, from Erika Lust Films, was released in 2022. La Bruce has had film retrospectives at TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2014, MoMA in New York in 2015, and la Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal in 2022.

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