Shawna Dempsey is one of Canada’s best known performance artists. She has collaborated with Lorri Millan since 1989, when this Winnipeg-based duo were catapulted into the spotlight with the controversial, now world-renowned performance piece, We’re Talking Vulva. Since then, they have toured to acclaim throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, and their film and video works have been 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). Throughout their practice they have often employed humour to articulate their social justice concerns.

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