In Camille Turner’s latest performance works, she portrays Miss Canadiana, a beauty queen on an international Red White and Beautiful Tour. The piece is part of a series of live, site-specific performances in which she uses her body as a site of social investigation. Dressed in tiara, sash and gown, Turner inserts herself into public spaces and records the sometimes surprising public responses.
Like many Canadians, Camille’s cultural identity has been defined through the guise of “multiculturalism”, as a fetishized display of “diversity” rather than an integral part of the fabric of Canadian culture. In response, she transformed herself into Miss Canadiana, an icon that challenges assumptions about Canadian identity and normative beauty. The public takes part in this project as an integral part of the live events and video/web documentation that blurs the line between “reality” and fiction.
Camille Turner is a Toronto-based media/performance artist and curator whose inter-cultural engagements explore the social dimensions of technology. She uses digital media art to build bridges across cultures and differences, help communities and individuals tell their stories and create meaningful exchanges that contribute to social change. Turner has presented talks, performances and exhibitions of her work throughout Canada, USA, UK, Senegal, Australia, Germany and Mexico.