Alexis Mitchell

Interdisciplinary artist
female
Born in
ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Lives in
Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Biography

Video maker, installation artist. See Bamboat, Sharlene. Alexis Mitchell is a Toronto-based media artist whose videos and installations deal with space and memory in an attempt to queer contemporary understandings of politics and belonging. Her MFA thesis video Camp (2010, 25) merges architectural and queer theory to create possible means of transgression within Jewish culture. In this three-part video essay, Mitchell chooses three popular environments that she proceeds to queer through retelling: the traditional Purim story, a reenactment of the censored passages in Anne Frank’s diary and a queer haircut given to the artist by her Jewish grandfather all become part of a newer and queerer account of Jewish history. Exploring how “camp” allows for the certain unraveling of hidden truths, CAMPwon the award for Best Upcoming Director at the World Film Festival in Montreal in 2011. Her 2013 video, The Break an experimental and performance-based documentary, focuses on this idea of the "break" (the voice as a site of transgression and inherent queerness, as theorized by Wayne Koestenbaum) and seeks to explore the relationship between gender and the singing voice. Alongside her independent practice, Mitchell also collaborates with Tori Foster and with Sharlene Bamboat, with whom she forms the duo Bambitchell. Mitchell is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto where she holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and has recently given talks at the College of Art Association Conference in New York and the Zurich University of the Arts. In 2015-2017 she held the Film/Video/New Media Fellow artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.