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Daviel Shy

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Oberlin College, 2006, BA
SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), 2013, MFA

film, writing, video-art, performance, exhibition/performance



My practice is based in historical research and reclamation through fiction. I utilize old technologies; super 8 and 16mm film, letter writing, optical printing and hand-processing, to resuscitate materials I do not believe are dead. The same goes for the historical and personal revivals throughout my project. I am interested in women's writing and american radical political movements. I am studying French to further my research into the Parisian circle of poets, artists and modernist writers in Natalie Barney's Académie des Femmes. I approach historical subjects as an arena for experimentation, irreverently and willfully polluting the accepted canon. Simultaneously, I revive and revise in order to craft a new a lesbian syntax for my own time.


Daviel Shy (b.1984, The Year of the Lusty Lesbian as declared in the inaugural issue of On Our Backs, the first lesbian porn magazine) is a writer, artist and filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois. Her short films Swimlaps, The Tyrant, and Das Buffet ist Eröffnet have screened at MIX New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival, Queer City Cinema International Film Festival, BLAZE Czech Republic, and the College Art Association Annual Conference (CAA), Chicago, IL. Her writing has been published in Performance Research Journal, featured on Chicago Artist Writers, and appears in the forthcoming volume, Support Networks edited by Abigail Satinsky, (University of Chicago Press).  She was a visiting artist at La Esquina Gallery in conjunction with the printing of her essay, The Ruin of the Rose: Flowers in Renée Vivien's Poetry printed by Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO. In the past year she was a panelist for TRACERS Takes On Feminism at Threewalls, in Chicago, IL and a panel moderator at the  Generative Constraints Conference at Royal Holloway University in London. She has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and founded the monthly screening series, L.M.N.O.P: Lesbian Movie Night Ongoing Project, which she continues to curate and run from her living room. Shy received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the assistant director of Every House Has a Door performance company, and is currently in production on her first feature film, The Ladies Alamanack.

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