the resistance of memory

Christine Negus

Christine Negus is a queer, disabled, multidisciplinary artist, writer, educator, and cultural worker who received the National Film Board of Canada’s Best Emerging Canadian Video/Filmmaker award through Images Festival in 2008. Negus obtained her MFA from Northwestern University in Chicago (IL) and her BFA from Western University in London (ON). Some of her notable exhibitions and screenings include: Museum London, Ice Follies Festival, the8fest, CROSSROADS, Queer City Cinema, MIX NYC, Tangled Art Gallery, Artists’ Television Access, Dunlop Gallery, AKA artist-run, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Media City Film Festival, Swedish Film Institute, Art Gallery of York University, Montreal Underground Film Festival, and Kasseler Dokfest. She has had solo exhibitions at RPL Theatre, Forest City Gallery, Gallery TPW, gallerywest, Julius Caesar, The Pitch Project, and Modern Fuel. Negus has upcoming solo exhibitions at Land Line Chicago, Artcite Windsor, and YYZ. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail and Modern Painters, and an interview on Negus’ video practice appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of BlackFlash Magazine.

Christine Negus, the resistance of memory, 2018
Silver-Fronted Lycra, Black Velour, Stick.

Mobilizing mis-rememberings as a divisive tactic for feminist trolling, the resistance of memory borrows and then empties form from Salvador Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory. Destabilizing the rigidity of the historical sedimentation, this work melts the cemented image of the clock into the molten liquidity of a draping piece of metallic fabric. This feminist reorientation of an alchemical process may not turn the work into gold, but instead the mirror-like silver skin reveals the farcical switch-up. The new façade does not adhere to chronological reverence, replacing the numbers with the statements MORE THAN I WANT on one side and LESS THAN I NEED on the reverse. This inflammatory overwriting in the resistance of memory denies giving more time to the excessive and unfulfilling male geniuses, while sneering at those who retort: “no, you’re just not recalling that right…” Here, the choice to deny recollection is not a slip of the mind, but a slap in the face.

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Christine Negus, « the resistance of memory », MuseMedusa, no 8, 2020, <> (Page consultée le ).