Text & live performance by Minah Lee
Video by Milton Lim
Canadians often say to me, “You must be a Canadian or Permanent Resident, if you have been living here for more than a decade.” I tend to lose my words. Both my mother tongue and broken English don’t seem sufficient to explain. Where should I begin to give a sense of an immigration system written by the logic of a neo-liberal nation-state? I would rather be a body of ‘미친년,’ a degraded fallen woman, so please don’t take me seriously until I call you out and madly make out with you. I fell in love with her body free from legitimate bodies’ acceptance, a deceptive notion of consent. She utters fearlessly, not because her language is correct and direct, but because her language is doomed to be corrected and redirected. She dares to speak in front of you—the Indigenous peoples of this land, in the face of you—the settlers in this land, and in the midst of you—the migrants on this land.
Performance & conference
2017 OCT Mad Woman’s ESL Poetry – CAMINOS 2017 cabaret, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto
2016 NOV Unlanded & Mad Woman’s ESL Poetry, Cinema of Indeterminacy: presentation of films + panel discussions, San Francisco State University’s 18th Annual Cinema Conference, San Francisco, United States
2016 JUN Stranger in a tenirjar- Multimedia collaboration on a performance/installation, member event at ViVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada