Mirha-Soleil Ross

Performance artist, videomaker, transsexual activist, curator, sexworker. Transplanted Québécois Ross is Toronto’s most visible and prolific transgender cultural voice. The star of the National Film Board’s well-intentioned documentary In the Flesh (Gordon McLennan, 2000), Ross’s sixteen or so own video productions have much more raw artistic energy and political bite—“gut-busting, ass-erupting and immoderately whorish,” as she says in the compilation of video excerpts. The tapes, often made in collaboration with Xanthra MacKay and Mark Karbusicky, blur boundaries among document, demonstration, performance, narrative, autobiography, representation... and provocation. From her own personal body, history and experience, to the political fields of reproductive technology and animal rights, Ross’s restless art covers a broad landscape of politics and desire. Ross founded Toronto’s “Counting Past Two” trans-arts festival in 1998.

Artist Code: 102


Les Vérités Vo(i)lées

2007, 31:45 minutes, English

Brandee aka Al Lana Lamarre

2007, 03:00 minutes

Live eXXXpressions: Sex Workers Stand Up

2006, 15:00 minutes, colour, Multilingual with French/English Subtitles (Spanish Subtitles available on request)

MATERSTINA (Langue Maternelle)

2003, 11:40 minutes, B & W, eng w french sub


2002, 13:00 minutes, B & W, French, English subtitles

Proud Lives

2002, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Yapping Out Loud: Contagious Thoughts from an Unrepentant Whore

2002, 74:00 minutes, colour, English & French


2001, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Tremblement de Chair Extended version

2001, 07:30 minutes, colour, English

Madame Lauraine's Transsexual Touch

2001, 34:00 minutes, colour, English

Tremblement de Chair

2001, 03:40 minutes, colour, English

Tales from the Derrière

2000, 24:51 minutes, colour, English


2000, 12:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Journée Internationale de la Transsexualité

1998, 38:00 minutes, colour, French with English subtitles


1997, 09:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Besmette Stad

1994, 18:00 minutes, colour, French, English (with Dutch, English subtitles)


1993, 20:00 minutes, colour, English with closed captions

An Adventure in Tucking with Jeanne B.

1993, 05:00 minutes, colour, French with English subtitles


1992, 12:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Super Queeroes
by Peter Knegt et al.
Curatorial Incubator v. 13: The Job of Life
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2016.
The Curatorial Incubator Round II
by Marty Spellerberg..
The Curatorial Incubator
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: Vtape, 2002.