Spirrrit Wrrrestlerrrs , 2019
Dirty-Douks negotiates the parallels within their queer and Doukhobor identities as resistive. Clumsy translations, tender dialogues and bright pink beet stains attempt to find the in-between of these identities. Using knowledge well known and unknown, Dirty-Douks examines simultaneously the recalibration of history as well as the futility (or failure) of the passing on of generational history. Dirty-Douks fumbles through the history of actions, failing to properly translate or neatly fit their queer bodies within the framework of Doukhobor(ness). Through the investigation of Doukhobor history and generational trauma within the lense of queerness and a tilted perspective, Dirty-Douks creates an emotionally informed recalibration and reformation of Doukhobor history.
Spirrrit Wrrrestlerrrs is the culmination of works including video works, photography and installation. ‘Beat Juice’ (2019) can be viewed here. Photos courtesy of Ryley Williams and Laura Pritchard.