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Life of a Craphead Artist Presentation

Visiting Artists
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November 7, 2019
July 31, 2019
Deadline:

Location: BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Event is welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.

In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce Life of a Craphead as our next artist in residence. Life of a Craphead is the final of four artists who have visited us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Life of a Craphead will be focusing on 1979 – 1988.

About Life of a Craphead:
Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. The name “Life of a Craphead” comes from the opening joke of the very first live comedy routine they performed together in 2006. Amy is Chinese and Jon is Vietnamese-Irish and they live and work in Toronto, Canada.

Performance projects include The Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056 (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2013), a fake career retrospective of all the work they will ever make; Double Double Land Land (Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2009), a play interrupted by a staged wedding; and Free Lunch (2007), a public, anonymously-advertised free lunch serving everything on the menu of a restaurant.

Their first feature film Bugs (72 min., 2016) has screened in Canada and the U.S., including at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Western Front, Vancouver; Parsons School for Design, NYC; The Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax; and S1, Portland, among others. Life of a Craphead also organized and hosted the popular performance art show and online broadcast Doored from 2012-2017, which featured work by over 120 artists.

Life of a Craphead have been artists-in-residence at the Macdowell Colony, U.S.; the Banff Centre, Canada; Department of Safety, Anacortes, U.S.; Wunderbar, U.K.; Struts/Faucet, Canada. They were longlisted for the 2018 Sobey Art Award.

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