Wanbli W. Gamache
Wanbli Gamache (b.1989) is a Chicago based new media performance artist. She uses video, performance, and technology to reconstruct dynamics of spectacle and intimacy through eroticized mediation of body. In ritualized actions, Gamache addresses consumption and voyeurism through forms of reconstruction of her body. She is an alumni of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department and currently lives and works in Chicago. Gamache has exhibited work at Links Hall (Chicago, IL), Sullivan Galleries, Zhou B Art Center, and ACRE Gallery (Chicago, IL); the Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver, Colorado, and recently a MANA Contemporary New Media Artist-in-residence.
By augmenting conditions of authorship and intimacy, I look towards the audibility and legibility of media representation in erotic imagery, virtual intimacy, and voyeurism. My work investigates the spectacle and personal vulnerability of my lived experience as a transwoman. In shifting components of voice, through its materiality and language, I provoke self-analysis within the spectacle.
I am pushing to understand the labor of my ever changing body in the landscape of eroticization and objectification. I look to the performative nature of transmitting my body in the context of pornography and sex work as a mode of locating pleasure in myself. I am asking the questions of how the presence and removal of body pertains to ways we think of pleasure and the consumption of bodies in media. I employ a multitude of personas to investigate sex work, sexuality, gender, and the mediation of broadcasting bodies through digital recreations.