Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo is an Irishborn Indo-TrinidadianVancouverite multimedia artist, best known for her single channel video work, poetry and novels. Through the use of subtle humour, rich texts and images, her work addresses issues of identity, and challenges the dominant stereotyping of race, gender and sexuality as they impact on her everyday life. Her aesthetic is culled from her layered cultural heritage. Her recent novel Cyreus Blooms at Night was nominated for both the Giller and the Chapters/Books in Canada 1st Novel Awards.

Artist Code: 336


And the Rest Is Drag

2009, 30:50 minutes, colour/B&W, English


2000, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Guerita & Prietita

1995, 20:00 minutes, colour, English

Her Sweetness Lingers

1994, 12:00 minutes, colour

The Wild Woman in the Woods

1993, 14:00 minutes, colour

A Paddle and A Compass

1992, 09:10 minutes, colour, English

English Lesson

1991, 03:15 minutes, colour, English

Lest I Burn

1991, 05:45 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Video Haptics and Erotics
by Laura U. Marks. Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media, 2002. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses
by Laura U. Marks. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2000.
Images Festival a window to the outer limits: Independent spirit...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Apr. 27, 1995.
South Asian moving images evoke philosophical rovings
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 28, 1994, v. 13, no. 35.
Beyond Queer Alibis / Thoughts on The Fruit Machine and Little...
by Thomas Waugh. Parallelogramme, 1994, v. 20, no. 3.
So long, Miss Saigon: Art exhibit dismantles myths of Asian sexuality
by Glenn Sumi. Xtra!, June 10, 1994, no. 251.
Blasted Categories
by Ian Iqbal Rashid. Black Film Bulletin, 1994, v. 2, no. 3.
Polar Recap
by Ann Kaneko. Afterimage, Nov. 1994, v. 22, no. 4.
For Our Own Pleasure
by Laura U. Marks. Artforum, Sept 1994, v. 33.