Photo: John Richardson
Lisa Anita Wegner - Toronto, Canada
Vanessa Lee Wishart - Toronto, Canada
Queen of the Parade, 2013
Video, Fashion, Performance Art
15 - University Avenue & Queen Wtreet West
[ photographs ] [ video ]
The image of the Queen of the Parade resounds across cultures, yet often remains unexamined in our
society. Purity, fertility, sexuality, power & triumph-- all this & more is wrapped up in what
the queen has historically symbolized. Incorporating exaggerated proportions, outré fashion, live
performance, and cutting-edge media are incorporated into the queen's gown. This installation presents
an over-the-top 20-foot depiction of a typical parade queen that challenges the audience to think about
what this image of femininity means to them.
Lisa Anita Wegner & Vanessa Lee Wishart:
The Queen of the Parade showcases the inaugural collaboration of a folk artist for the internet age
and a boundary-pushing fashion artist, as they use film, design, technology & live performance to
explore how the history & symbolism of the traditional parade queen translates to our culture.
With assistance from macFABfabrics.