Confused Sexual Views


Paul Wong, 1984
4 channel video installation, 9 hr., colour, stereo. w/ 27 photographs
or single channel edit, 22 min., colour, stereo

Confused: Sexual Views was the controversial exhibition that was censored by the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1984 as ‘not art’. The ensuing years of legal battles highlighted the inability of art institutions, such as the VAG, to understand and exhibit contemporary media art forms and it’s issues. In 2002, Confused: Sexual Views was acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery for it’s permanent collection and exhibited.

The installation Confused: Sexual Views was part of a three-phase project that also included Confused [the videotape] and Confused [the performance]. It was produced just before AIDS had reached epidemic proportions. Twenty-seven individuals face the camera head-on as they speak about bisexuality, especially its more complex and engaging aspects, such as the relationship between sexuality, love, and friendship.  Without mincing words, they challenge the conventions of behaviour and human relations conveyed by commercial film and television, and refute the myths surrounding the notion of romantic love. The intent here is to question the constrictive mores that sanction only one style of love, and to examine the many forms of desire and sexuality experienced in our culture, approaching them from a variety of perspectives.

Collections: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).

Director: Paul Wong
co-produced with Gary Bourgeois, Gina Daniels, and Jeanette Reinhardt

Distributor: Vtape, Video Out, Paul Wong Projects