Fruit Basket

by Tyler J Sloane

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Artist Statement

Fruit Basket; is inspired by the song ‘Apples and Bananas’, as I sometimes have been referred to as an Apple (because of my Indigenous background), or Banana (because of my Asian background). Fruit Basket is a photography and video series that highlights 2SLGBTQIA+ mixed race individuals who are mixed with South East or East Asian backgrounds. The project explores the complicated relationship mixed-race folks have with their racial identity as they navigate both Asian and Queer spaces.

Artist Bio

Tyler (Ty) J Sloane (THEY/THEM) is a Two-Spirit Non-Binary Mixed Race (Anishinaabe/Chinese/Greek/Irish) multidisciplinary theatre/performance artist. They aim to emphasize marginalized voices that intersect: race; fluid sexualities; trans, non-binary, and fluid gender expressions; non-monogamous relationships; and class.

They’ve explored the aforementioned themes in various disciplines; Photography (Light Our Bodies, Magnanimous, Portrait of a Gothic Majora), Visual Art (Breath On One Land; A Textile & Projection Installation). Selected theatre credits include; workshop actor in Scanner by Yolanda Bonnell (Factory Theatre); Assitant Directing in the 2019 production of Lilies; Or, the Revival of a Romantic Drama (Buddies In Bad Times, Lemontree creations, & Why Not Theatre), Written and Performed in Crystallize (Caminos 2019 Theatre Festival), and presented a staged reading of their written play; Hummingbird (Weesageechuk 32 Festival).

Recently they performed at the Naked Heart Festival 2019 with their poetry. Additionally, they've performed as their Burlesque alter ego (Tygr Willy) for such events as; 2-Spirit Cabaret, Reveal Me! at the Rivoli, Mingle (2-Spirit People of the 1st Nations), Lunar New Queer. They actively co-produce Passion Fruit (A Sex-positive QTBIPOC art party), Colour Me Now (QTBIPOC Drag & Gender Performer Cabaret), and Night of Pudding (Burlesque Cabaret).

When they're not creating art they are a Performance Arts Artist Associate for SKETCH Working Arts and presently run a queer performance program; It's All A DRAG! and preparing for youth stage curation for Pride Toronto's festival weekend.

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