Club Gemini - JAMIE ROSS
Video installation artist (Montréal | Canada)
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Club Gemini (2019)

 

Drawing from archival press clippings, correspondence, and spirit contact with queer ancestors, Jamie Ross’ sound installation Club Gemini grants a furtive glimpse into the eponymous first social club for lesbian, gay and trans people in Montreal, and its opening, one Saturday night in April 1969, before it was shut down a month later. Gemini was opened by International Sex Equality Anonymous, Quebec’s answer to the homophile civil rights movement, the international socialist precursor to the gay liberation movements of the ‘70s. Club Gemini is speculative history audio installation featuring the voice of one of the club’s founding members, the mysterious gay activist Paul Bédard, who disappeared not long after the club closed, leaving only a letter to his lovers.

 

In the winter of 1969, a small wolf pack crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River, likely at Lac St. Louis, and established itself on Mount Royal. On the same night Club Gemini opened at the base of the mountain, shots rang out. Montreal police officers had culled the wolves and removed their bodies from the gay cruising forest. There is a luxury pen boutique where the club once stood.

 

Stereo audio track (00:29:00∞ loop), transparent red gel, black velvet cushions and mask

 

‡ Club Gemini, Centre Clark (Montreal, Canada) 2019
‡ Art Pop group exhibition, Pop Montreal, Rialto Theatre (Montreal, Canada) 2019
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Press
Journal La Presse (Montreal, Quebec)