Performing with Mother’s Milk: The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar

Thursday, March 22, 4:30pm

Presentation and Discussion with Toronto based artist Jess Dobkin
Presented in collaboration with Studio 303.

Performing with Mother’s Milk: The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar

Jess Dobkin will be discussing the Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar, with a focus on ideas and actions of intimacy in performance. The project explores the space between risk and intimacy to ask how we mediate our desires and curiosities in light of possible dangers. The performance takes a most intimate act of drinking someone’s bodily fluid and disrupts the experience, challenging and transgressing our knowledge and comfort in relationship to bodies, biology and social practices. It presses the boundaries of identity and relationship – for the artist, for the donors and for the audience.

Jess Dobkin’s performances, artist’s talks and workshops are presented internationally at museums, support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the Astraea Foundation. Her performances have been presented at renowned avant-garde venues in New York including PS122, The Kitchen, LaMama, Dixon Place, the Joyce SoHo and the WOW Cafe. In Toronto, her work has been presented at The Power Plant, The OCAD University Professional Gallery, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, the WARC Gallery, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, and other venues. Her performances receive extensive media attention and have been the subject of recent articles in Gastronomica, The Canadian Theatre Review and n.paradoxa. Jess has presented as a Visiting Artist at numerous universities and taught as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto and OCAD University. Currently she is a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto and is a co-curator of the 7a-11d International Festival of Performance Art. For more about her work visit: jessdobkin.com.

Jess Dobkin will be in town preparing Lactation Station – which will be presented by Studio 303 in late May or early June – write info@studio303.ca to receive an update).