A Thousand Cuts
November 16, 2019 - January 10, 2020
A Thousand Cuts, stills, 2018
A Thousand Cuts
A Thousand Cuts a solo exhibition of new work by B. G-Osborne
Opening reception November 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Artist talk + conversation November 17, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Osborne’s work in A Thousand Cuts addresses the misrepresentation of trans people in film and television and the ongoing reality of violence that transgender/transsexual people encounter. The three-channel video installation is comprised of appropriated footage from 48 films, 34 television series, and one music video spanning the 1990s to the present day. The installation also includes a poster which lists all the documented trans people who have been murdered since 2016 and an interactive chain-link sculpture. A Thousand Cuts opens the door and forces audiences to confront transphobia not only in mainstream media, but in their everyday lives.
A Thousand Cuts is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
B. G-Osborne (b. 1991, they/them) is a gender variant settler of Scottish and British descent originally hosted on Treaty 20 territory/Southern Ontario, currently working in Tio'tia:ke/Montréal. They graduated from NSCAD University in 2014 with a BFA in Intermedia.
Osborne’s ongoing projects seek to address the complexities and revisionary potential of gender-variant representation/embodiment, and unpack their experiences with mental illness and well-kept family secrets. They place great importance in showcasing their work in artist run centres and non-commercial galleries across Turtle Island.
As a transmedia artist, I continuously attempt to creatively unpack and share my relationships with fluctuating gender embodiment, white settler privilege, queerness, and mental illness. My practice is physically flexible while conceptually grounded in openness about my experiences and identity. Through my work and everyday interactions, I aim to contribute to the growing repertoire of gender variant narratives and deconstruct problematic representations of gender variant identities in popular culture and institutional spaces. My practice is concerned with using accessible mediums and materials.