Rodney Werden

Video maker

Video maker. Self-taught, queer-friendly Werden was a prolific pioneer on the Toronto video art scene for two decades beginning in 1973, specializing in documentary portraits of sexual and gender marginality, notable for his “scrutinizing camera gaze of a Diane Arbus, mostly fascinated, occasionally identified.” (Diamond 1996, 191). Several tapes encounter male or female prostitutes but “I’ll Bet You Ain’t Never Seen Noth’n Like This Before...” (1980, 36) remains one of his more startling works, living up to its title in its encounter with solitary heterosexual male anality.