Dana Buzzee is a Canadian visual artist and educator. Their practice is rooted in a hauntological approach to archives of Queer and Feminist art, writing, design, and printed matter from the 1970s and 1980s. Buzzee was lured into this research several years ago while studying Leatherdyke erotica in a search for authentic representations of self and community. The Leatherdykes sensitized Buzzee to their hauntings by teasing a portal to chthonic networks weaving nebulous polytheistic worldviews. This sensitization created an awareness of futures dreamed through utopic visionings of the past which have never fully arrived in the present. The archives Buzzee cruises are laden with subversive and radical intent, which has often been estranged from the futures they have the potential to transform. Through practicing and performing recalcitrant historiographies Buzzee challenges the extractivist mindset that is easy to slip into when working with archives as an artist, aiming instead to honour the power offered by Queer and Feminist epistemes from ‘generations’ before their own. With a practice that is staunchly anti-disciplinary, though occasionally fond of a little discipline, Buzzee spins offerings of resistance and pleasure, re-visionings that transform space/time for empowered moments of dominance and submission, active and informed consent culture, and a profound understanding of power and control.
Buzzee graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012 and is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon. Since 2017 Buzzee has held solo exhibitions at Harcourt House (Edmonton), LEFT Contemporary (Windsor), Stride Gallery (Calgary), and the Lily (Calgary). Their work has been exhibited internationally in Finland, Germany, Iceland, and across the USA. Buzzee has received generous support through grants from the Calgary Arts Development Authority, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts.