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Smile Performances is a series that tackles the simple surface of a smile, especially in relation to the political pragmatism and conservatism of mainstream queer culture in North America. The aesthetic of the smile is explored through the conflation of endurance, video, and performance. Each performance is accompanied by a playlist of sentimental songs about smiles. This series address issues of universality and sameness. The endurance and the breaking down of the smile through performance is a form of critique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade Yumang