2016 11th 7a*11d Festival
Johannes Zits, Body Traps 1 2016 PHOTO Ed Pien
Thursday October 13 to Sunday October 16; Tuesday October 18 to Thursday October 20 10am to 5 pm
Theatre Centre Cafe
Saturday October 22 7:30 pm
During the festival, a collage of preloved garments will be stitched together. The large-scale work becomes the basis for an action that will take place on the last day of the festival. The action will focus on the negotiation between my body and the reconfigured clothing: tugging, pulling, and wiggling ways into and out of the sewn-together clothing. Body Traps contemplates the relationship between one’s body and clothing and the forces that surround the production, circulation, consumption, and ownership of clothing. Equally important is the ensuing dialogue, to further our understanding of how clothing helps construct our identities and shapes our desires and tastes.
As a multi-disciplinary artist, Johannes Zits focuses on exploring the many meanings the body engenders. Since graduating with a BFA from York University in 1984, he has presented work nationally and internationally. Zits is also the curator of SPANE, 2011-13 and co-curator of Duration and Dialogue, 2016-17.