Miss Canadiana: Red White and Beautiful Tour

Camille Turner

Festivals: M:ST 3 Festival October 7 - 31, 2005.

In Camille Turner’s latest performance works, she portrays Miss Canadiana, a beauty queen on an international Red White and Beautiful Tour. The piece is part of a series of live, site-specific performances in which she uses her body as a site of social investigation. Dressed in tiara, sash and gown, Turner inserts herself into public spaces and records the sometimes surprising public responses.

Like many Canadians, Camille’s cultural identity has been defined through the guise of “multiculturalism”, as a fetishized display of “diversity” rather than an integral part of the fabric of Canadian culture. In response, she transformed herself into Miss Canadiana, an icon that challenges assumptions about Canadian identity and normative beauty. The public takes part in this project as an integral part of the live events and video/web documentation that blurs the line between “reality” and fiction.