Sheroes

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Sheroes was a monthly limited-run art party series that brought together on and offline works that playfully and performatively explore the iconography and cultures of fandom surrounding the "League of Legendary Ladies": Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Etta James, Marianne Faithfull, Dolly Parton, Grace Jones, Dusty Springfield & Nina Simone.


Sheroes is presented by salonnière reeraw (Rea McNamara). Based in Toronto, the series curates specially commissioned performances, sounds, installations & visuals.


All Sheroes events are brainstormed and archived online at fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com, uniting digital communities with real-time audiences in an ongoing exploration into fan culture and collaborative content creation.


Virtual Season — our culminating presentation of new and past Sheroes on/offline works & performances — is currently gearing into its first international reunion tour. We will be announcing soon tour dates. (If you would like to book a Sheroes event, please contact us.)


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I like the relationship to fandom that you talk about, but I think one thing that is pretty interesting about Sheroes is that often you have artists with very little relationship with a celebrity’s image or work contributing. It’s sort of posing as the actions of fans, but really it’s something else, or maybe it’s positioned as fandom.

Next part of a series of posts focusing on the Sheroes event series is up on Triangulation Blog!

Click for “an email dialogue between (founder) Rea McNamara,  (curator and participating artist) Lorna Mills and (participating artist) Andrew Benson.”

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Ask A Sheroes Stan: Jeanette Lynes Finally Answers Super Important Dusty Springfield Q’s

There months ago, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing motley crew of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Related: [sheroes stanAsk A Sheroes Stan: Paul Petro Finally Answers Super Important Grace Jones Q’s

For Sheroes #11: Dusty Springfield, we were so glad to invite the award-winning author Jeanette Lynes.

Jeanette coordinates the MFA writing program at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including It’s Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems, aaaand has had a novel shortlisted for the prestigious Giller Prize. (But we’ll confess that we first found out about her through the equally prestigious Dusty Springfield fansite.)

Click below for the full interview, in which Lynes illuminates on why la Dust’s a relevant Pride icon, her life as a “camp elegy” & more. (If you’re in Toronto tonight, you can catch Jeanette read at Sheroes #11 and ask her any Q’s we didn’t get answered!)

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Meet Sheroes Stan #2: Paul Petro

Meet our second “Sheroes Stan”, Paul Petro

Related: [sheroes stan] Ask A Sheroes Stan: Brad Horvath Finally Answers Super Important Dolly Parton Q’s

Last month, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing ragtag crew of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Starting next week, this genuine #1 Grace Fan !!!11 be answering any Grace Jones questions you might have in the lead up to Sheroes #10: Grace Jones.

Consider him a far more resourceful Yahoo Answers humanoid at your disposal for anything-related to our so-called Queen of the Gay Discos.

Got any burning q’s? Ask ‘em here. (Or simply join our Facebook group for Paul’s Grace-ness.)

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Ask A Sheroes Stan: Brad Horvath Finally Answers Super Important Dolly Parton Q’s

I died and went to Dollywood…on Monday! No kidding. Now I’m back and needless to say, I can’t wait for Sheroes tonight!”

Earlier this month, we were proud to launch our Sheroes Stan residency, a program that connects aca-fan knowledge and wisdom to the vastly growing motley crew that of international and local artists that are regularly involved with Sheroes each month.

Related: [meta talk] Lorna Mills Triangulation Blog Interview

For Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton, we were so glad to invite documentary filmmaker (and certifiable Dollite) Brad Horvath.

Brad — who was blogging over at Indiewire this week about the 2012 Nashville Film Festival — is someone who is incredibly within six degrees of Dolly. And mind blown! Did something really C000OOOL with his fannish-ness. In 2009, he made a documentary called The Book Lady regarding Dolly’s Imagination Library and her ongoing literacy advocacy work. (He was also just at Dollywood on Monday, but somehow still found the time in the midst of that pixie dust and butterflies to answer our burning fan q’s!)

Click below for the full interview, in which Horvath illuminates on the significance of butterflies, whether Dolly’s disco catalogue is really worth getting into and how she was responsible for Buffy The Vampire Slayer. (And if you’re in Toronto tonight, you can meet Brad at Sheroes #9 and ask him any Q’s we didn’t get answered!)

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Tell us a bit about your latest or ongoing project. What about Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton? 


First of all, Sheroes is the invention of the extremely generous and multi-talented salonnière, Rea McNamara. It’s a monthly limited-run performance event series that frolics in the aesthetic playground of media fandom such as fan fiction, fan art, fan videos, fan costume play etc. http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/tagged/sheroes-9%3A-dolly-parton



Rea had already produced the first two in the series, when she approached me about programming projections of animated gifs. I admit that I was unsure of the project at first, there’s a part of me that cringed at expressions like ‘sheroes’, ‘herstory’ and ‘mythic female’, all that debased coinage from a previous generation of feminists, but she won me over when I saw how she was embracing it with so much smart humour and energy. I think we only invited about six artists for the first gif projections, but they were so enthusiastic after seeing the event documentation that I got the confidence up to invite more gif artists to participate. Eventually Rea just left the GIF aspect of the events in my hands. What we now have is an ever expanding crew of gif makers, (we are up to 29 for Sheroes #9) that includes many well known active net-artists, as well as younger artists, both male and female, from all over the world. Previously, my own taste in exhibitions/events was more towards small tightly focussed curatorials. Inviting serious artists to participate in fan culture has had some surprising results, though no one should be surprised that serious artists want to do their best work no matter what, or that the work gets better and better. 
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Tell us a bit about your latest or ongoing project. What about Sheroes #9: Dolly Parton? 
First of all, Sheroes is the invention of the extremely generous and multi-talented salonnière, Rea McNamara. It’s a monthly limited-run performance event series that frolics in the aesthetic playground of media fandom such as fan fiction, fan art, fan videos, fan costume play etc. http://fuckyeahsheroes.tumblr.com/tagged/sheroes-9%3A-dolly-parton
Rea had already produced the first two in the series, when she approached me about programming projections of animated gifs. I admit that I was unsure of the project at first, there’s a part of me that cringed at expressions like ‘sheroes’, ‘herstory’ and ‘mythic female’, all that debased coinage from a previous generation of feminists, but she won me over when I saw how she was embracing it with so much smart humour and energy. I think we only invited about six artists for the first gif projections, but they were so enthusiastic after seeing the event documentation that I got the confidence up to invite more gif artists to participate. Eventually Rea just left the GIF aspect of the events in my hands. What we now have is an ever expanding crew of gif makers, (we are up to 29 for Sheroes #9) that includes many well known active net-artists, as well as younger artists, both male and female, from all over the world. Previously, my own taste in exhibitions/events was more towards small tightly focussed curatorials. Inviting serious artists to participate in fan culture has had some surprising results, though no one should be surprised that serious artists want to do their best work no matter what, or that the work gets better and better. 
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I love the glitz and glamour of Dolly. http://www.facebook.com/groups/250136678372508/359760087410166/

I love the glitz and glamour of Dolly.

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