Laura Cowell

female
Born
1968
in
Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Lives in
Toronto , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Biography

Video- and filmmaker, playwright, performer. OCAD-trained, Toronto-based Cowell may be Canada’s Sadie Benning, a prolific producer of handmade personal miniatures, often based on her own performances, since 1990. Can You Say Androgynous? (1991, 1) is a static one-shot manifesto showing the topless artist flipping placards to offset the hasslers who question her public butch persona (“Why is it so important to know if I have a penis or not?”), with a final teaser glimpse of authorial breasts before it’s all over. Cowell founded the “Splice This” Super 8 festival in 1998 with Kelly O’Brien and has also collaborated with Michael Achtman, Robert Kennedy, R.M. Vaughan and Christina Zeidler.