“The Batty Boys Revenge Video Launch:
Queer is the New Black”
Friday, February 26th, 2010
7:30 PM – Free
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M5T 1G4
Batty boy is a pejorative slur used to describe people who are (or are
presumed to be) gay, bisexual and effeminate men. Troy Jackson
(www.enjoytroyjackson.com) squares off toe to toe with the notion of
homophobic violence spurred on by our families, culture and society
worldwide through his music. The Batty Boys Revenge is a sassy, punk, pop
anthem, which invites the Queer community to take back their beat despite
anti-homophobic rhetoric or potential violence.
Jackson is an independent performance artist of Black, Native, Queer
heritage. His debut EP, “CD of Troy” is a mix of pop, punk and house music
dealing with themes of beauty, illusion, homophobic violence, and finding
the strength to be who we really are.
“I live in Canada where I can make such a gesture.” Jackson explains.
“This is dedicated to Queer youth around the world, who are living under
repression and to those who have died before their time because of
Jackson teamed up with documentary Director Alison Duke
(www.goldeloxproductions.com) to creatively helm the project. With the
support team of Nigel Holdbrook DOP, Art Director Andrea Battersby, Make
Up Artist Alex Rotunda and Social Activist El-Farouk Khaki (Human Positive
Foundation) they produced a powerful vibrant visual anthem, which
critiques homophobia around the world. Passionate images of inspiration
and of violence are juxtaposed adding to the global chorus of voices
demanding justice, dignity and equality for everyone.
For nearly 10 years, the AGO's Youth Council has met weekly at the Gallery
to design programming that responds to the needs of youth in the Greater
Toronto Area. The AGO Youth Council has created a powerful mix of visual
images on video in response to Jackson’s video. Join the AGO Youth Council
and Troy Jackson on February 26, 2010.
Visuals -Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Council
Visuals Mikela Jay
Soundtrack-DJ Nik Red
Special Musical Guest:
Amai Kuda http://www.myspace.com/amaikuda and Ayo Leilani w Abstract
Contact: Human+: 416-894-3459
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