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That’s Why I Like It

Director: Sydney Southam

Synopsis: “That’s Why I Like It” is a culmination of my work as an artist, filmmaker, professional pole dancer and stripper. Using my own complicated experiences and insights into the labour conditions as inspiration for my line of questioning, I began interviewing and filming dancers from varying backgrounds in their homes, asking them questions around Feminism, objectification, power, and love. The edited interviews are paired with a looping multi-channel video installation depicting the women’s bodies from behind, swaying and twerking in hypnotic slow motion. The result is a critical and empathetic look at the lives of a group of women who are simultaneously exhalted and demeaned because of their profession, and strives to understand what it means to be consensually objectified for a living.

Bio: Sydney Southam is a filmmaker, performance artist, and professional pole dancer. She often works with archival 16mm film, exploring themes of nostalgia, death, memory, and identity. Her current work explores the backstage and domestic lives of exotic dancers and how their private and professional lives are defined through ideas of Feminism, objectification, power, and love. Sydney is one of the founding members of Vancouver-based Iris Film Collective, and the curator of the potluck dinner and artist talk series Special Sunday Supper. Her films and artwork have shown across Canada, Europe and Asia, notably at MOCA Taipei and Gabriel Rolt Galerie (Amsterdam). She graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA Fine Art First Class Honours in 2011 and from the University of Toronto with a BA in English, Philosophy and Cinema Studies in 2007.


Screened At: VAEFF 2018 as part of Beauty, Sex & Shame program.

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