The Haus of Bruce LaBruce


Bruce LaBruce: The Haus of Bruce LaBruce
Gallery 46, Whitechapel
Fri 27 Oct - Sat 11 November 2017
Curated by Bren O'Callaghan and Andrew Ellerby
(note correct exhibition duration above - FB does not allow events longer than 2 weeks)

The first UK solo show by Canadian underground adult film director, photographer, performer, writer and queer provocateur, The Haus of Bruce LaBruce leads with the world-premiere of unseen photo series and creative responses by artistic partners. Drawing upon the likes of female dungeon mistresses in Los Angeles, the infamous Obcenity series combining religious and sexual ecstasy, and gore-splattered gonzo motel shoots. From collaborations with Danni Daniels and François Sagat, to jewellery by Jonathan Johnson, collages of early photo sets by Damien Blottière and portraiture from LaBruce's latest feature, The Misandrists, featuring recurring muse Susanne Sachße and performance icon Kembra Pfahler. Selected archival content draws upon such cult adult classics as No Skin Off My Ass (1991), Hustler White (1996), Otto; or, Up With Dead People (2008) and L.A. Zombie (2010), featuring Ron Athey, Tony Ward and a stable of LaBrucian reprobates. Presented in the intimate, labyrinthine warren of Gallery 46 - two stripped Georgian terraces spanning 3 floors and 8 rooms in Whitechapel, London, a programme of special events features a responsive live art series, screening of rare short films, artist Q&A, tours and a performance club night.

Presented in partnership with And What? Queer Arts Festival


Quote from curators Bren O’Callaghan and Andrew Ellerby:

“We’re excited to have been able to co-curate this exhibition as part of And What? Queer. Arts. Festival. This exhibition, the first of its type in the UK, profiles the powerful, the provocative, the playful, the pornographic and the problematic nature of the LaBrucian lens. It is raw and visceral; but scratch the bloodstained surface and you see glimpses of tenderness, affection and naked truths.

“Reflections on past and current politics, gender divides and sexual positivity. The visual potency of Bruce’s imagery demonstrates a keen eye and intentional fast hand, with a sensitivity that walks the line between the collaborative gaze and your own voyeurism, between exploitation and initiation.”

Quote from Bruce LaBruce:

“The show is comprised partly of a somewhat retrospective look at my photographic work, which has run parallel to my cinematic output, including newly retrieved work from my photo archive, and new work that has not previously been displayed. It's a heady mixture of sex, cinema, gore, gorn, fetish, and fantasy, a chance to share some of my kinky visual obsessions to an unsuspecting London public. You won't want to miss it! xxx“


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