Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan

Shawna Dempsey and Lori Milan

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan

Winnipeg, MB

Presenting City Stories with the Winnipeg Tarot Company - Friday, November 5 at 12:00 -2:30  pm and Saturday, November 6 at 12:00 -2:30
Experimental, passionate, and irreverent, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan are two of Canada’s best known performance artists. Collaborators since 1989, this Winnipeg-based duo were catapulted into the national spotlight in their 20s with the controversial, now world-renowned performance piece, We’re Talking Vulva. Since then, this acclaimed duo has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, their film and video works being screened in venues as far-ranging as women's centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They have also created installations (Archaeology and You for the Royal Ontario Museum), published books (Lesbian National Parks & Services Field Guide to North America, Pedlar Press), and curated exhibitions (recently as Adjunct Curators at The Winnipeg Art Gallery). More recently, they have served as Co-Executive Directors of Mentoring Artists for Women's Art.

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan's Project Summary:

City Stories with the Winnipeg Tarot Company

City Stories is an interactive performance art piece, designed to elicit conversation between artists and citizens regarding "place", and to solicit stories from the general public regarding their home city, Winnipeg.

Using an original deck of tarot cards, conceived and produced by Winnipeg artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, a cross-disciplinary team of artists will provided free card readings in various public locations throughout the city for 5 weeks. Participant audience members paid for their readings with a stories that were audio recorded. These stories were archived on an interactive website.

The results of this project were a live experience shared between the artist-animators and citizens, and a cumulative audio, narrative portrait of the city.

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