Size does matter. CANADA IS BIGGER THAN THE U.S.
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“I have been attending the Toronto International Film Festival regularly since 1990. Aside from seeing films from all the world, it has given me a profound appreciation of the work of Canadian filmmakers. Due to my love for the work of filmmaker Guy Maddin, in 1991 I programmed the largest exhibition of works by the Winnipeg Film Group outside of Canada, THE MONDO MANITOBA MARATHON which I presented at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y. as well as here in New Orleans. As part of the marathon, I produced a 30 minute video on the working relationship between filmmaker Guy Maddin and screen-writer George Toles entitled STRANGLED BY A LARGE INTESTINE. Then from 1995 to 1997, Zeitgeist presented an on-going series of films and performances entitled QUEERLY CANADIAN, which celebrated works and artists from Canada that personified both definitions of the word “queer”, meaning either “gay” or “odd”. Over the years Zeitgeist has hosted Canadian performers and filmmakers Bruce La Bruce, David Bateman, Michael Achtmann, and David Roche. We have screened hundreds of films from Canada, but we didn’t actively advertise that it was from Canada. That’s not enough. This work needs to be celebrated and exposed to new audiences. We need bigger!” – Rene Broussard, Zeitgeist Founder/Director
According to Canadian author and Prespyterian minister Tristan Emmanuel, Canada is looking to destroy America. In his new book, WARNED: CANADA’S REVOLUTION AGAINST FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM THREATENS AMERICA, Emmanuel writes:
“Canada is being used as a staging ground to export radical liberalism and its being aimed right at America: everything from gay ‘marriage’ to polygamy to lowering the age of sexual consent and strengthening ‘human rights’ laws to protect prostitution. If it’s radically liberal, Canada is involved.”
Well if this is true, it’s all the more reason for Zeitgeist to celebrate and to help promote their agenda.
I’m not saying that Canada is trying to turn America Gay, but not only is Canada bigger than the U.S. (and we all know size does matter!), when you look at the map, it’s on top…
Body Sellers: The Sex Workers Of Thailand
Photographs by Gerry Yaum
December 1 – 31, 3013
Zeitgeist presents the work of Canadian photographer Gerry Yaum for PhotoNOLA 2013. The subjects from Body Sellers: The Sex Workers Of Thailand were documented with an 8×10 view camera in multiple locations throughout Pattaya, Thailand over a five year period.
“When I go boomsing (sex) with farang (Westerner) I smile outside and cry inside.” – Long 25, gogo bar worker Pattaya, Thailand 2007
I feel that photography can be a powerful voice for change; it can help the forgotten people in our society. My dual hope in creating these photographs was to document the sex workers of Thailand as well as to raise awareness in the viewer. I wanted to personalize the nameless sex workers everyone hears about but no one knows. My goal was to humanize the statistics, to give a voice to the worker.
The set of portraits in this exhibition were made in Pattaya, Thailand in 2007, 2009 and 2012. Pattaya is a city three hours south of Bangkok and has a population of 100,000. It is world-famous as a destination for foreign sex tourists and sex pats (long-term foreign sex tourist residents). The sex tourists of Pattaya are predominantly male, both straight and gay, from countries around the globe. Different areas of Pattaya are devoted to various types of foreign tourists; Western customers, Middle Eastern customers, Asian customers, gay customers: all have regions in the city that cater to their specific desires.
The people in these photographs work in a variety of venues such as gogo dance bars, outdoor beer bars, as street freelancers, and as short-time bar workers. The sex workers of Thailand can make ten to twenty times in one week what an average Thai worker can make in one month. This makes the lure of Pattaya very strong for a young woman or man in rural Thailand. Often the money earned from the foreign customers is sent back up-country to the worker’s homes to help support their children, parents and sometimes entire families. – Gerry Yaum