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Wanbli W. Gamache


Wanbli Gamache is a transwoman new media performance artist that operates through the intersections of media representations of erotic imagery and pornography. She explores the issues of spectacle, authorship, and intimacy within technological transmissions of body through virtual and simulated bodies. 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. She has exhibited in the New Blood Performance Festival at Links Hall, Sullivan Gallery in Chicago, Zhou B Art Center, and Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver, Colorado and is an artist resident at MANA Contemporary in Chicago.



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 lived experience as a transwoman. I approach these aspects embedded into my work as a format to manifest modes of spectacle to shift points 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, 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.

In using photography and video that carries specificity in power of objectification and voyeurism, I attempt to produce new outcomes of authorship. In these counter-narratives, I employ a multitude of personas to investigate sexuality, gender, and the mediation of broadcasting bodies in virtual space