Sharlene Bamboat

Lives in
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA

Performance and installation artist, video maker. See Mitchell, Alexis. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Sharlene Bamboat is a Toronto-based artist working in a variety of media. Calling into question narratives of colonialism and neoliberalism through a re-examination of history, Bamboat uses humorous performances and visual culture references to make her statements. These themes are best explored in her 2012 collective video, Citizen Kenney: A Love Letter in 3 Parts, a short she co-directed with frequent collaborator Alexis Mitchell. Separated in three distinct parts – “Queen of Canada,” “Queen of Israel” and “Queen of Queers” - the video exposes the hypocrisy of Jason Kenney, the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, who received an honorary doctorate from the State University of Israel for his defense of the State of Israel, while banning freedoms from his own citizens and deporting queers. Enacting three tongue-in-cheek “love letters,” Bamboat and Mitchell’s video was shown worldwide in queer film festivals between 2012 and 2013. Her 2013 video In Queer Corners (2013, 6), a collaboration with Dina Georgis, "explores the limits and possibilities of the archive through the theme of narration and storytelling" (1). Working with archives left unexamined by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, In Queer Corners challenges the usual techniques of archiving systems and concludes that too many stories are left unsaid. As of 2014, she was part of the programming committee of the Pleasure Dome Film and Video Collective, part of the board of directors of VTape, and the Artistic Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre).

(1) VTape, 2014.