From its beginnings as a form of musical and theatrical parody, burlesque has traditionally played at the fringes of society. From those underground beginnings burlesque has flourished and is now experiencing a resurgence as performance art. Inspired by pioneers the likes of Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand, a new generation of performers such as Dita Von Teese and Dirty Martini have emerged to take up the feathered fan. The Hangman7, a collective of seven Artists' Network photographers, will be exhibiting their unique photographic perspectives on the world of burlesque, exploring the fading boundaries between naughty and nice.
The photographers - Ruth Gillson, Chris Hutcheson, Timothy Neesam, Barry Stoch, Olena Sullivan, Rod Trider, and Toni Wallachy - will each present their own unique interpretations on this artistic revival and the current world of burlesque. With images from the 2010 burlesque festival performance season, including the Toronto and Montreal Burlesque Festivals, as well as model based approaches, the exhibit will be an exploration of the new burlesque.