Persimmon Blackbridge

Persimmon Blackbridge is a learning-disabled-lesbian-cleaning-lady-white-sculptor-writer-performer-video-artist. Over the last 20 years, her work has been rooted in lesbian and psychiatric survivors movement activism. Much of her art (including Still Sane, Doing Time, and Sunnybrook) has explored Canadian institutions such as prisons and mental hospitals, both from her own experience as an outpatient, and in collaboration with ex-inmates. She is a winner of the prestigious VIVA visual arts award and has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe, and Hong Kong.

Lizard Jones is an interdisciplinary artist and performer, with a background in grassroots social activism and the alternative media. Aside from Kiss & Tell, she is also active in the Association for Noncommercial Culture, which is a group of artists producing public art with a political focus. She has worked as a graphic designer, a freelance writer, an editor, and many things in between.

Interdisciplinary artist Susan Stewart has been producing photography and multi-media performance works since 1978. She also teaches and has an M.F.A. from Simon Fraser University. Her most recent work, "Lovers & Warriors: aural/photographic collaborations," was an installation produced in collaboration with 25 women, mostly lesbians, which explores issues of gender, marginality, and the politics of photographic representation.

For their collaborative book, Her Tongue On My Theory, Kiss & Tell won a 1995 Lambda Literary Award.



1995, 45:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Queer Arts Festival draws new lines around sex and censorship
by James Goldie. Xtra!, July 15, 2015. Pink Triangle Press, 2015.
Drawing so hard my hands hurt
by Persimmon Blackbridge. Matriart, 1992, v. 3, no. 1.
The Transgressive Camera: Drawing the Line
by Marusia Bociurkiw. Afterimage, Jan. 1989, v. 16, no. 6.
Still Sane: Drawing the Line
by Sara Diamond. Fuse, Fall 1984, v. 8, no. 3.
Women in Politics: Drawing the Line
by Persimmon Blackbridge et al.