Thirza Cuthand, "Sight," video.
Opening Reception on Friday, June 13, 2014
Artist Talk at 9pm
Running Dates: June 13 to July 19, 2014
Artist Statement: Thirza has been producing videos since she was sixteen years old, dealing with issues as far-ranging as sexual stereotypes, ageism, queer identity, race, and mass-mediated representations of the family from what she terms a “wry young half-breed dyke” perspective. Thirza is currently at work with a documentary about her mixed heritage with photography in Saskatchewan and Scotland. She credits her mother for her political acumen. They used to watch lots of TV and Thirza would be schooled to detect prejudice and homophobia on television. Born the daughter of two artists, Thirza is a unique voice in a sea of many.
Biography: Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brazil Festival of Sexual Diversity in São Paulo, Hot Docs in Toronto, imagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Out On Screen in Vancouver, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany where her short Helpless Maiden Makes an “I” Statement, 2000, won honourable mention. She completed her BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her work has also screened at galleries including the Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. In 1999 she was an artist in residence at Video Pool and Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg, where she completed Through The Looking Glass. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg where she completed Boi Oh Boi. She has also written a feature screenplay called Bunnyhug and sometimes does performance art. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent and currently resides in Saskatoon.