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Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Marginalisation and Repression in Rex vs Singh (2008) and Seeking Single White Male (2010)

Liu, Yilong (2018) Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Marginalisation and Repression in Rex vs Singh (2008) and Seeking Single White Male (2010). [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Liu, Yilong
Abstract:

This MRP examines how Canadian filmmakers and artists explore racial and sexual marginalisation in Canada. Two films in particular exemplify different forms of racism towards South Asian immigrants. The first, Rex vs Singh (2008), an experimental documentary produced by John Greyson, Richard Fung, and Ali Kazimi, showcases the ambiguous application of immigration policies to repress South Asian immigration. Through different reconstructed montages, the film confronts these ambiguities in relation to the court case. The second, Seeking Single White Male (2010), a performance-video work by Toronto-based artist Vivek Shraya—South Asian descent, demonstrates not only the dominant racial norms and white normativity in queer communities in Toronto, but also the ambivalence in performing racial identification. I identify ambiguity as the distinct contribution to understanding first: i) how state policies are used for racial and sexual repression, ii) the ways in which identification of racial norms are unstable, iii) and how these norms have been translated into sexual (un)/desirability. The ambiguities evoked by these works provide critical insights to investigate the complexity of racial marginalisation and their intersection with gender/sex normativity.

Date: 30 April 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: queer; gender and sexuality; film; ethnic studies; ambiguity
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 17:39
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 17:39
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2235

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