Betty Grumble and Queenie Bon Bon speak with Yumi Stynes
Inspired by Pat Larter: Challenging conventions of female sexuality
Sexuality is often framed in relation to straight, cisgender men’s desires. However, so many other bodies are entangled in the mysteries of sexuality. Australian artist Pat Larter playfully, provocatively and collaboratively explored ideas of sex, pleasure and the body throughout her almost 20-year career, challenging conventions of the male gaze and stereotypes of female desire and sexuality. Drawing inspiration from the new exhibition Pat Larter: Get Arted Yumi Stynes chats with internationally renowned performance artists Betty Grumble and Queenie Bon Bon about the ways they explore the politics of the body and sexuality in their creative practice.
Betty Grumble (aka Emma May Gibson) is a Gadigal Country-based performance artist who believes in ceremony and thanking the body. She harnesses f*ck energy, rage energy, love energy and hope energy in the complexity of her body as a political and playful site. She is a maniacal feminist contagion and ecosexual. Her award-winning work has been widely acclaimed, from the polished stages of Griffin Theatre and the Sydney Opera House, to the swampy dens of Sydney’s queer underground and international fringes and festivals. Grumble is a founding member of performance gangs Gang of She and Working Bitches and she has a Masters in Fine Arts/Arse. Her practice bounces from stage to street and screen to shawomanic ceremony.
Queenie Bon Bon is a writer, performance artist and sex worker living and working in Narrm/ Melbourne. Their work focuses on labour and the body. They have created four full length shows which have toured in Australia, Europe and North America. Their work has been featured on locanto and Backpage and in Maximum Rock and Roll and The Lifted Brow. They are a member of Australian sex worker art collective Debby Doesnt Do It For Free and an organiser for Glory Hole, the online sex workers story telling event. They are the 2020 recipient of Firstdraft’s writers’ program.
Yumi Stynes is a writer, broadcaster and music and art fan. Her fourth and fifth books will be out in 2021 and she’s keeping busy on the KiiS network with her national afternoon radio show, 'The 3pm Pickup’. Her most recent book, 'Welcome to Your Period’ won an ABIA award for Book of the Year for Young People and has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Spanish and German, among other languages. She is also the host of ABC podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk and in her spare time, Yumi goes to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and goes running. Sometimes she runs to the Gallery!
This event will be open captioned.
Image: Queenie Bon Bon. Photo by Micha Couell.
Wednesday 25 November 2020, 7.30pm (AEDT)
The event will be streamed via our Facebook channel and Youtube channel
Duration 30 minutes
Related exhibition: Pat Larter