Jess Dobkin

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Jess Dobkin

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Toronto
Canada

Artist Statement

I’ve been a working artist, curator, community activist and teacher for more than 25 years, creating and producing intimate solo performances, large-scale public happenings, socially engaged interventions and performance art workshops and lectures. My practice extends across black boxes and white cubes, art fairs and subway stations, international festivals, and single bathroom stalls. I’ve operated an artist-run newsstand in a vacant subway station kiosk, a soup kitchen for artists, a breast milk tasting bar, and a performance festival hub for kids. I’m forever inspired by the rebel queers, renegade witches, and other dyke moms I run with, and bound to many brilliant artists, activists, spell-casters and healers. For many years I made performances that drew from my own experiences of trauma and transformation, intimacy and motherhood. More recently, I’ve experienced a shift in my practice, where my attention has turned to wider theoretical questions about the nature of performance itself to ask questions about when, where, how we perform - in theatres and galleries, on social media, and in our everyday lives.

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Exhibitions

The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar 2006, 2012, 2016
Imagined Family Portraits 2007 - ongoing
Free Childcare Provided 2013
Fee for Service 2006
Being Green 2009

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“Jess Dobkin,” Artist Parent Index , accessed September 23, 2019, http://www.artistparentindex.com/items/show/377.

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