Anna Whitehead
Great Kings (2009)
Video
Anna Whitehead

If I were an actor, queerness and my racial identity would be my theatre. They are the lecterns at which I stand, the stage from which I perform, the green room in which I quietly undress and dress up. They are both identities formed in and relegated to the margins; they are both elusive, defying description. It is the legacies of these anti-identities that fabricate my complex history and propel me into the present. In Status, I am addressing white-mixed race queer identity and notions of passing and desire through movement and costume. In this performance, I don several human-like masks representative of who I am now, who I hope to become, and who I have been in the past. Through the repetition of movement, it becomes clear that all these racial sexual characters are moving in me. In All of History Is Ours, I use video to point to the layered histories of forced removal and cultural amnesia – qualities intrinsic to both the urban fabric as well as the queer body mixed-race body. The historical Trickster – that fabled character of folklore, the messenger who stands in between worlds and represents neither good nor evil but heralds them both – features in these films as well as the accompanying performance as I tell my own mixed queer story, weaving these complex histories into a unified whole.