BRUCE LABRUCE "SUSPENDERS" PHOTO, 2001
"Censored, slandered, and delightfully outré" - that's how the Advocate recently described notorious Canadian artist, filmmaker, pornographer and writer Bruce LaBruce.
LaBruce has always had a strong connection to erotica and pornography, in whatever medium he is working in. He frequently addresses themes of sexual and personal transgression against societal norms.
During April and May 2015, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City honored Bruce LaBruce with a special two week retrospective of his films. Could there be any greater validation for an artist/film-maker?
His films have also screened at major international film festivals like the Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
This limited edition photograph was part of a portfolio created by Bruce LaBruce and gifted to an investor who supported his fifth feature film "The Raspberry Reich".
This image was created during the filming of "Skin Flick" (1999), featuring a fictional gay Neo-Nazi skin head gang member from the film. Here the young thug is surrounded by an image of Hitler and an Iron Cross (a symbol appropriated by Hitler from Prussia as a German decoration) on a flag with Nazi Germany colors of black, white, and red. LaBruce uses fascist imagery in the film to comment on class and the uniform imagery of corporate gay culture and pornography.
"Skin Flick" while considered a "feature" was LaBruce's first foray into openly pornographic film making. LaBruce reworks conventional porn narratives and fascist imagery to question toxic masculinity and uniformity in gay culture. The film centres around a class war between a gang of gay skinheads and a gay middle-class, interracial couple in London. The film is sexual, satirical, shocking, and brazenly political.
The film is in the Museum of Modern Art's (NYC) permanent collection.
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