June 1 – July 27, 2018


BRUISE ME SOFTLY by Dana Buzzee is a frank, autobiographical exploration of queer identity and sexuality. Looking to the practice of witchcraft as a framework for creating art, BRUISE ME SOFTLY presents a collection of works that create an activated site of sex-positivity focused on queer femme narratives of ‘deviance’. Buzzee’s current research on the rich lineage of leatherdyke printed matter and erotica created in the 80s and 90s is quoted throughout the exhibition, honouring and building on the tradition of printed matter generated by counter-culture communities, while reflecting their own current queer feminist politics.

Dana Buzzee is an interdisciplinary visual artist and curator currently based in Calgary, they obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012. Since graduating Buzzee has enjoyed several national and international residencies as well as local and national exhibitions. For the past two consecutive years Buzzee has acted as the Visual Arts Curator for Femme Wave Feminist Arts Festival in Calgary. Most recently Buzzee opened The Lily, a new project space in Calgary, with their solo exhibition: FEMME TOP OF YOUR DREAMS.

There will be a zine publication produced in conjunction with the exhibition, with text contributions by Maddie Alexander, Megan Gnanasihamany, and Sarah Kelly, and images by Dana Buzzee.


Stride Gallery gratefully acknowledge that we stand on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

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