My Perversion is the Belief in True Love synthesizes two essays published in TRANS>arts.cultures.media (in 1999 and 2000) and a subsequent exhibition at Thread Waxing Space, Mr. Fascination. This exhibition was largely centered on a video by Ellen Cantor, Remember Me. This talk traces the relationship that began with this collaboration, and continues into the present through the archiving of Cantor’s Estate, the completion of her feature film, and a 2016 multi-site exhibition of Cantor’s work at 80WSE and Participant Inc, organized in conjunction with curators Jonathan Berger and Pati Hertling.
In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a not-for-profit art space, presenting exhibitions by Virgil Marti, Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, and Renée Green, among others. As former curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, her exhibitions, screenings, and performances include Spectacular Optical (1998), Luther Price: Imitation of Life (1999), Børre Sæthre: Module for Mood (2000) and Sigalit Landau (2001). She is editor of Dead Flowers (2010) and the forthcoming anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the ’90s. As an associate curator, she co-curated Dress Codes (1993) and Boston School (1995) for The ICA, Boston, and edited New Histories (with Steven Nelson, 1997) and Boston School (1995). She has contributed to publications including Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Time-based Streams, Lovett/Codagnone, Whitney Biennial 2006–Day for Night, and 2012 Whitney Biennial on Charles Atlas. She served as a Curatorial Advisor for MoMA PS1, with exhibitions including Lutz Bacher, My Secret Life (2009).
This talk is given as part of the lecture series The Visitor Talks : Pre-ambulation and Retrospection.