Ellen Flanders

female
Born
1966
in
Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Lives in
Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Biography

Film and video-maker, photographer, curator, arts administrator, activist. Brought up in Toronto and Jerusalem, and trained in the studio programme at New York’s Whitney Museum, Flanders was well known to Toronto queer audiences as executive director of Inside Out from 1996 to1999, a period when the festival grew up and out. As an artist, Flanders has explored the intersections of lesbian and Jewish identities as well as the photographic image in two enigmatic autobiographical essays in black and white and colour: Surviving Memory (1996, 9), a political and erotic confrontation with the weight of the Holocaust, the couple, and sexual transgression, and Once (2001, 12), about Yiddish language, identity and heritage, from a queer granddaughter’s point of view. Her 2003 work-in-progress Zero Degrees of Separation encounters Israeli and Palestinian lesbian and gay couples in the overall context of peace initiatives.