Chow Down

Director: Allyson Mitchell

Wednesday Mar 22nd

  • Super 8
  • Toronto
  • 1997
  • 3min

Preparing for a concert, a girl struggles to find the perfect outfit. In front of her mirror, she models several tops but they are all too small. Undeterred she dresses and heads to the fridge where a tiny band plays on the top shelf just for her.

A Ph. D. Graduate in Women’s Studies at York University Mitchell has dedicated both her academic and artistic careers to study of contemporary ideas and representations of sexuality, and the body. Working in sculpture, film, live performance, installation, and critical writing, Mitchell deals with issues of Feminist and Lesbian Cultural production using overt and often autobiographical articulations of personal appearance.

Her works have visited many national and international museums like the Tate Modern, the Textile Museum of Canada, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the British Film Institute to name a few. Her hand crafted animated films themselves have toured international festivals, while she performs with her troupe “Pretty Porky and Pissed Off.”

Based in Toronto, she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York where she continues a prolific discourse at the intersections of Feminism, Fat activism, poplar culture and consumerism, and queer theory. 

- Felicia Glatz