Big racks, Black masks
Lecture by Dayna Danger
Location: Gallery Hall, University of Calgary
Tuesday, January 30, 11:30 – 1:00pm
In this talk, Dayna Danger questions the line between empowerment and objectification as a visual artist. Utilizing photography, sculpture, performance and video, Danger claims space with her larger than life scale work. Danger’s current use of BDSM and beading leather fetish masks explores the complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Similarly, in mainstream hunting culture, antlers are a symbol of power—a trophy—something to be seen, but has no voice. To place an antler rack over the pubic area of a naked body, we are visually denying the viewer access. The use of masks and antlers in her photographs act as visual interruptions and show up often in Danger's work. Refusal of the voyeuristic gaze is intentional and political.
about the artist
Dayna Danger is a 2Spirit, Metis-Saulteaux-Polish visual artist raised in so called Winnipeg, MB. Danger is currently based in Tio'tia:ke. Danger holds a MFA in Photography from Concordia University. Danger has exhibited her work in Santa Fe, Winnipeg, Montreal, Peterborough, North Bay, Vancouver, Edmonton and Banff. Danger currently serves as a board member for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA).
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4