Video, 2011

Man and Woman is a tongue-in-cheek video about the merging and division of a man and woman, Busby Berkeley style. The video is a metaphorical play on assumed binary biological and social constructs of gender. It plays with these binary assignments, in context of cellular divisions in the development of the sex of a person, and societal impositions of the same. Man and Woman is an exploration of a heteronormative love, so intense that it destroys its normativity.

(Teresa Ascencao)

Director, Actor, Editor: Teresa Ascencao



Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social constructs of body language, costume, socially inscribed objects and spaces, and inner corporeal experiences. Her folk and pop inspired artworks employ concept-related mediums and technologies that invite audiences to play with iconographies and scenarios involving gender, seduction, consumption, and class.

Teresa Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto's Honours Fine Art Studio program. She holds an MFA specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism from OCAD University. Ascencao's work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU. >>