Marilyn Burgess

female
Born
1960
in
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Lives in
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Biography

Interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator. Concordia-trained, Montreal-based Marilyn Burgess is remembered most by queer audiences for her early experimental videotape A Woman in my Platoon (1989, 20). This minimalist manifesto reflected Burgess’s background in parallel art spaces, but was a resonant capsule of late-eighties queer political art. Appropriating and eroticizing NFB women’s recruitment images from World War II, Burgess added a first person audio account of a woman’s expulsion from the Canadian Forces oceanography unit for her sexual orientation plus official House of Commons video shots of parliamentarians spewing homophobic hatred, all cemented together by zen-like waves on the shore. In fact Canadian WWII women soldiers were not the American WAVES, rather the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, but Burgess made her point. In the 1990s and 2000s, Burgess worked at the Canada Council before shifting to Telefilm Canada.