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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, authorship, and intimacy through eroticized mediation of self-hood and body. In ritualized actions, Gamache addresses systems of consumption and voyuerism of the reconstruction of the body and how to manifest reparative objectification of the self. 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 is currently a resident of the 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. I approach these aspects embedded into my work as a format to manifest modes of spectacle to shift pathologization of consumption and objectification. In shifting components of voice, through its materiality and language, I provoke self-analysis within the spectacle.

In combining performance, video, virtual spaces, livestreaming, and installation work I explore the slippages of moving towards positive and empowering modes of broadcasting sexuality and gender while also falling into the same exploitative structures that objectifies my own identity. My use of materials is always relevant to the context and my goal is always to propel performances that exist as modes of storytelling and regeneration.

 I produce new outcomes of authorship. In these counter-narratives, I employ a multitude of personas to investigate sex work, sexuality, gender, and the mediation of broadcasting bodies online and offline.