Stephen Lawson

Winnipeg , MB
Manitoba CA
Lives in
Montreal , QC
Quebec CA

One half of multidisciplinary performance duo, with Aaron POLLARD. Trained at NTS and at ECIAD and Concordia respectively, Winnipeg-bred Lawson and Montrealer Pollard are also known both as Gigi L’Amour and Pipi Douleur and as This creative team and real life couple work in video-supplemented performance and in video itself, based in Montreal, and have presented in arts and queer spaces in the Americas and Europe. The tandem are known above all for extravagant and intense stage spectacles such as Battle Hymn (2002), where Gigi incarnates Judy Garland singing her traditional patriotic showstopper before Pollard’s video backdrop of showering lollipops as symbols of infantile regression and the capitalist work ethic. Translated to strictly electronic format, the duo made Teddy Bears’ Picnic (2001, 6), capturing a perverse Goldilocks flirting with drag king bears, and ventured into new territory with 15 Questions (Something Blue) (2002, 3), a raunchy collage assault on same-sex marriage.