Anne Golden

Lives in
Montreal , QC
Quebec CA

Video maker, documentarist, curator, arts administrator. High priestess of the coven of lesbian and feminist video activists at Montreal’s GIV since 1989, Anne Golden was a pillar of Montreal’s women’s film festivals of the 1980s, and one of the founding programmers of Montreal’s Image + Nation festival for much of the 1990s. Golden is also an accomplished electronic conjuror of wry lesbian camp, astute sexual politics, and versatile video aesthetics. Golden began her video production career as an AIDS activist, producing Les Autres/Women and AIDS/HIV in 1991 (31), an early dual-language encounter with women commenting on the media and research silence around women and AIDS and on safe sex, a topic tackled again the following year with the spoofy 30-second mock commercial Safe Soap (PSA). Fat Chance (1994) followed, both an installation and an autonomous tape, which inaugurated Golden’s characteristic use of self-reflexive bodily performance in her work, this time exploring fat, shame and lesbian identity. A later series, including Brothers (1998, 6), played with gender masquerade and ambiguity, again featuring Golden herself as deadpan androgyne performer, and the same year’s spaghetti western sendup Big Girl Town (25) offers a related riff on drag and “size.” Golden has most recently tackled “lesbian insomnia” in Somme (2003, 12), a disorienting and poetic fantasy of the artist as sleep clinic addict, plus somnambulent zombie queers, pastoral dreams, and... cheesies. In the 2010s, Golden taught at John Abbott College and continued her work as the godmother of GIV.